In some of my conversations in the last few days with persons thousands of miles apart, the same subject has come up – how do we carry burdens that seem too heavy for us? We all know the answer; “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22). Or, “casting all your anxieties on Him [God], because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Many of us use these verses to comfort ourselves and others in difficult times.
While these verses do bring comfort and spiritual strength, Paul encourages us to look beyond our troubles to what God is doing through trials and difficulties. “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17).
We often feel the crushing weight of things we go through, so much so that it obscures our spiritual vision so we fail to ask God what He is doing. But that is NOT God’s plan. Let us not forget that “afflictions” are “momentary.” They will end. Eternal glory will not end. In any difficulty we go through, God is preparing us for something transcendent and wonderful, a “weight of glory.” What is this? It is something of tremendous value, it is the highest point on God’s scale of work, and therefore it has the highest importance. Not only that, it is eternal.
Would you trade your suffering and momentary experience for this? If your answer is YES, then let God prepare you for this “weight of glory beyond all comparison.”
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