RESET THE FOCUS ON SUFFERING
I will be very honest with you; this question has often rattled my mind and heart, not so much because of what I have gone through, but because of what I see others experiencing. Those who believe the Bible to be true, realize that suffering is a result of sin that began with Adam and Eve.
As a Christian, some go through suffering that seems unfair or extreme. I am sure Paul may have felt that way when you read 2 Corinthians 11:23-29. Yet, when we read chapter 4:16-18, he gives us a perspective that is very enlightening.
“So, we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 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 4:16–18).
Notice how Paul places more emphasis on what God is doing to renew the “inner” person and what is “unseen” and “eternal.” God often uses suffering to change our focus from the “light momentary affliction” to the “glory” of what is eternal. Perhaps you, or someone close to you is going through a difficult experience. As you set your spiritual eyes on what God is preparing you for, you can also help others in their trial.
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