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For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 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 4:17-18
Many of these devotionals aren’t hard to write, but many times hard to accept. It’s easy to have mental agreement with God’s truth, while lacking a wholehearted trust when the rubber meets the road. Ultimately, wits’ end is about what we really believe.
Peter wrote: “You have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7). At wits’ end, we need God’s rock-solid truth. Nothing else will do.
Paul started this paragraph with: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor. 4:7-9).
While we may not be on the missionary frontlines like Paul, God uses the trials in our lives to bring us to the same goal: “. . . always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies” (2 Cor. 4:10). All our afflictions and trials are meant to cause us to die to self in order that Jesus’ life may be manifested within us.
Paul referred to his afflictions, perplexities, persecutions, and being struck down as “light momentary affliction.” He does so in comparison to what’s coming: “An eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”
When we begin to understand the “eternal weight of glory” that believers will receive, can we come to another conclusion? Every affliction, perplexity, persecution, and being struck down will meet an incomparable match. Jesus will see to that. He will outnumber all our struggles ad infinitum.
Think of Job! The grievous afflictions he faced were momentary. The “weight of glory” he now enjoys is eternal. It will be so weighty that “the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind” (Isa. 65:17). What’s your focus? What do you see? We are to “look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.”
Heavenly Father, let me live in the reality of what’s coming.
The Devotional Writer
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