Lenten Devotion: Saturday, April 4
Therefore we don’t faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:16
Those of us who are older are sympathetic to Paul’s comment about the “outward man” decaying – growing older has many challenges, some of which are expected, many of which are not. But in saying that our “inward man is renewed day by day” there is hope, if we are willing to take the journey. There is a deepening spirituality for those who embrace God every day. We appreciate the paths along which God has led us, an appreciation we may not have had when we were younger. Then, we had experienced less and the uncertainty of the future was accompanied by worry and anxiety, and often by the misguided notion that we could control the larger narrative of our lives. We couldn’t and we can’t. What we can do is follow Paul’s teaching, to see what God has done and where God has led us; to see the future through the eyes of faith which gives the “assurance of things hoped for…and proof of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).