As I emerge from my first ever real attack of the flu I found myself reading 2 Corinthians 4 and verse 17 which says: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
To help us endure hardship, Paul gives us a valuable mind-set when he says our suffering “is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” To see our afflictions as light (Matthew 11:30), we must recognise the value of our calling and relationship with the eternal God. We would do well to consider its benefits often. As Paul indicates, the understanding that there is “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” is a necessary component to seeing our trials in this life in comparison as a light affliction, a recognition that enables one to endure to the end. The greater the trial the greater the vision to carry us on. No matter how hard the trial there is always enough vision to wonder and rejoice about.
Therefore, it is vital to know that the price we pay now is miniscule compared to the reward that awaits us. Note the power of that vision:
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:13-16)
Having this vision in their lives as a daily reality enabled the heroes of faith to endure to the end. In modern jargon, they did a cost/benefit analysis and concluded that the benefits made the costs insignificant. Christ and Paul made the same analysis, concluding that their burdens and afflictions were light costs compared to what the benefits of eternity held for them.
So if you get hijacked by illness, situation, sadness, fear or circumstance of any kind, hold tight and press on , the very best awaits….