“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” – 2 Cor. 4:17
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We all go through hard times in life. Many times, as Christians, adversity and suffering often comes as a result of professing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me” (Jn. 15:21).
People who don’t know God will persecute and harass Christians because they are not connected to the Father, and they are doomed to hell if they do not repent.
But Christians face persecutions and all other sufferings differently than the world. We have joy under adversity and afflictions. James said, “Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the intended end by the Lord – that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful” (Ja. 5:11).
We know that God is compassionate and merciful toward us, so we keep pushing through in hard times.
We also know that our afflictions, our adversity, and our suffering are only temporary. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Ps. 30:5).
And after we have suffered a while, Christians also have the hope that the Lord will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle us (1 Pet. 5:10).
Christians view adversities differently because we know they will end in joy and blessedness (1 Pet. 4:13-14). Lastly, we face afflictions and suffering with a different perspective and with hope because our sufferings here on earth are comparatively light to the eternal weight of glory (2 Cor. 4:17).
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18). So what the enemy throws our way is really just a lightweight. The enemy himself is a lightweight. And the Lord has handled that lightweight already. He did it at Calvary.
Is your suffering heavy – your affliction, your adversity? Jesus said to come unto Him all who are burdened and heavy-laden; for, His yoke is easy, and His burden is light (Mt. 11:28-30).
Make your heavy burdens light. Turn to the Lord today. Believe that Jesus is Lord, repent of your sins, confess His sweet name, and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins.
Then the Lord will give you rest.
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