17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:17-18, NKJV).
We all have faced giants in our lives one time or another. We all have had trials and hardships we endured, but in this scripture it tells us that our affliction is only going to last for a moment. Paul, the writer, is instructing us to live a godly life even in the midst of trials and tribulations. Paul does not want us to quit or become discouraged because it is only “light affliction”.
As Christians, we should not be astounded by the problems we have. In 1st Peter 4:12, it clearly tells us to not be surprised by the trials that we will face. We have to remind ourselves that we do not have to face these trials alone. For the scripture says, Matthew 11: 30, “For my yoke is easy and my burdens are light” (NIV). We do not have to experience problems by ourselves. God is waiting with open arms for us to run to him. He wants us to surrender and turn our problems and burdens over to him. He is Jehovah Shammah (Lord Is There), El Shaddai, (Almighty One), the Sovereign One, the Omnipotent, and Omniscient one. So… why are we in distress?
Paul is telling us, in this text, not to be caught up in the ungodly ways of whining and complaining. Psalm 121 clearly tells us to look to the hills which cometh our help because all our help comes from the Lord.
Forgive me for the many times I whined and complained about my problems. Forgive me for not turning to you first, but instead turned to other people. You are my rock, my mighty battle axe, and my way maker. God, from this day forward, I refuse to be discouraged by life experiences. I surrender ALL to you today.
In Jesus Name,
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