We cannot base how we live on how we feel physically. Our soul is forever young, but our bodies betray us.
11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
1:5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—
Those who come to Christ for salvation are wise. We have chosen the Stone that the builders rejected and have received Him as the Cornerstone of our lives (Mark 12:10-11).
We now have as our Companion the Holy Spirit, who guides us into all truth. He speaks the words of Jesus to us, and glorifies Him through us (John 15:13-14). The Spirit IS Jesus in us (Col. 1:27)!
The more we get to know God, the better we get at discerning truth. We get better and better at being able to tell the difference between His voice and our own voice.
Our biggest hindrance is our own bodies. Even as we grow spiritually and become more and more like Christ, our bodies are dying and seem to fight us tooth and nail. We have this promise:
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
This process is a continuous process; He is always at work in us.
17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
The things we go through in this life may seem insurmountable, but by focusing on what is in store for us, we will overcome!
18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
So, here’s our truth:
1. We are dying daily. We have hardships and struggles.
2. God knows and through His Son has given us His Spirit to walk with us and guide us.
3. We focus on what He had in store for us rather than on anything in this world: health, wealth, security, pleasure, etc.
We can do this [life] because God’s got this [everything]. Trust Him.