“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17)
What a difference between how we see things and God sees things! “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:8) Light troubles? Are you kidding me?
Yet, the Lord means what He says. Compared to eternity, you can see how these troubles are “light” and will forever be erased when we go to live with our God.
His timing is also not our timing it says in Psalm 90:4. Momentary troubles? What? This pain sure feels like years upon years. It also seems never-ending.
But, as I said above, it isn’t never-ending. “When He returns, or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I stand.” (In Christ Alone by the Newsboys.) His strength will cause us to stand through our troubles.
Think about it. “. . . are achieving for us an eternal glory.” We are blessed to have these light and momentary afflictions. They are helping us to acquire this eternal glory.
If you ever noticed, it is through trials and tribulations that we learn the most. If we can’t “be of use” in the world, and feel unnecessary in this life, know that, as we sit at home, possibly alone and lonely, we can hear God better in the quiet of our hearts.
Faith says, “I am still alive and God has a use for me.” Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose” and believes.
About the Author:
Wendy Spurling is from northeast Massachusetts and lives alone, but close by to good friends. She has a great support system. She enjoys helping others, college work, reading, and writing.
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