Read: 2 Corinthians 4
This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. (v. 17)
When Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthians, they were facing persecution, death, and suffering for preaching the good news of Jesus Christ. Even with constant danger, he urged them to remember God’s promises.
Many people live with invisible aches that cannot be detected. They may feel abandoned, and for them it doesn’t feel like “light” affliction. Closest friends may not even know the great inner pain that their loved ones have. Some have scars much deeper than skin from growing up with abusive parents, divorces, wayward children, and more.
Even if we go through horrible trials as the first Christians did, we can be assured that our Lord cares at all times and will not forsake us. Paul said we should never give up hope and we should fix our gaze on the things we cannot see. The things we can see will soon be gone and will not last forever.
If you are going through a deep valley, offer it all to the Lord. He is the only hope in our stressful lives. Surrendering your past and present pains to God doesn’t mean life will be perfect, but you won’t be consumed. We can hold on to hope because as our bodies waste away, our spirits are being renewed every day. This passage assures us that the one who raised Jesus from the dead will raise us out of our earthly sufferings and into his presence in heaven. —Myrna Folkert
Prayer: Faithful Father, thank you for your mercy and hope amidst great pain.