We’re all in different stages of life. We’re all experiencing different moments, and we’re all handling our situations differently.
However, I think it’s safe to say that we all experience afflictions. We all suffer pain and heartbreak, and we all experience hurt of some kind.
In my daily devotionals, I came to 2 Corinthians chapter four. Although I’m not experiencing an affliction now (except the “excruciating” wait for baby’s arrival), I know I have experienced them and will most likely experience one again, so it struck me enough to want to share it.
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
When I am suffering, it’s not necessary helpful to read “light momentary affliction.” That makes it seem as though Paul is making light of my suffering, and telling me that it’s not such a big deal, and I don’t like that.
But that is what he’s doing. He’s “making light” of our sufferings. What’s to come after the suffering is beyond all comprehension. The glory and joy we will experience living in God’s presence forever makes the suffering we experience light.
It’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things because in the grand scheme of things, we’ll be in the presence of God and all his glory, restored, perfect people, living exactly as God intended us to live, and nothing can compare to that.
So we press on. So we do not give up. So we do not lose heart.
Image taken from Working Preacher. “On Hard Yokes and Heavy Burdens.”