For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. 2 Corinthians 4:17 (ESV)
When we are in the midst of affliction it seems anything BUT light and momentary.
When we are the one suffering it does not feel light. Suffering, by its very nature is likely to be heavy, weighing us down.
Momentary? In the midst of suffering our inclination is to do what we can to bring an end to it. Often times it feels like it will never end.
In the midst of suffering, our own propensity is to focus on the suffering, the pain, the affliction.
What was Christ’s example? Hebrews 12:2 (ESV), “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
In a similar way, our light and momentary afflictions are preparing for us an eternal weight of glory BEYOND ALL COMPARISON.
It is difficult to do, but if even for brief moments at a time, we can glimpse past the suffering to see the incomparable weight of glory that lays beyond- in those moments we are strengthened to endure with joy.
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years. She has 2 adult children, 3 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all. She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.