Monday, April 1, 2013
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” (2 Corinthians 4:17 KJV).
A brief, light annoyance—an everlasting, much heavier weight of praise and worship….
While sitting here in a local hospital, Dad just recuperating from a total knee replacement surgery, I thought on today’s Scripture. Surrounded by all these sick, suffering, and dying people, it is nice to have God’s peace.
Christians and lost people alike suffer because of sin’s curse, the “bondage of corruption” (Romans 8:21). We live in a fallen world, an environment completely removed from the original perfect creation of Genesis chapters 1 and 2. Earth’s biosphere is plagued by infirmities and, the greatest disease of all, death. These realities prompt the common inquiry, “IF there is a loving God, why does He not do something about suffering?” This oft-posed query has already been answered… by the book of that “loving God.”
Today’s Scripture greatly comforts us who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour. Our suffering in this life is “but for a moment.” It is not everlasting! Being members of the Body of Christ does not guarantee we will not suffer; however, it does guarantee us that our suffering is temporary.
As Christians, we can enjoy God’s grace, which strengthens and consoles us. Our troubles are not removed, but our Lord comforts us so those circumstances do not destroy us. The verse following today’s Scripture elaborates: “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (verse 18).
The “things that are seen” are our current circumstances—the temporary troubles. The “things that are not seen” are the spiritual fortitude God gives us and the praise we give Him—the everlasting weight of glory. As we walk by faith in these simple yet profound truths, our God strengthens and encourages us, and gives us peace. Yes, despite our suffering, there is a loving God, and He is there with us in those circumstances.