Living For God

Christian Suffering Compared to Eternity

It astonishes me that Paul who had been shipwrecked, beaten numerous times, left for dead, gone without food…. said, “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 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.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

It would seem that in the surpassingly great revelations he received from the Lord, God gave Paul an immense picture of eternity, allowing him to count this life as inconsequential in comparison with an eternity in glory with Jesus.

Christian, on the days when you face many trials, much pain, and intense earthly suffering, remember that these days are soon over.  Even if we live to be 105, it is barely a blip compared to eternity with our Lord.

Remain faithful.  Stand firm in your faith, and remember that all our faithfulness in suffering in this life will be abundantly rewarded in the next.  Jesus sees.  He knows our pain, and He will make everything right, in His time.

Know that while He can stop the pain at any moment, if He allows it to continue – or even intensify – He has a purpose.  He will work all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  Remember Joseph and Job.  It may take until Heaven to see God’s purpose, but rest in the fact that He is at work both in our lives, and in His world.  He will be glorified.

Choose to praise Him in the storm, and in so doing you will know a bit of the victory in the pain, as God is greatly glorified when those who worship Him continue to praise and adore Him even in the painful times of life!  These times prove a faithful servant’s legitimacy to all who are watching, even in the spirit world, bringing honor to God who is worthy of all honor and all praise both now and forevermore!

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