Light Affliction? –

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, -2 Corinthians 4:17

Those words have had a tendency to bug me throughout this illness. Light is the last word I would use to describe the pain that I’ve endured this past year and a half; this has been the hardest thing I have ever been through in my entire life.

But then again, isn’t it Paul that is saying this? His afflictions were far from light. In fact, just a few chapters later he talks about some of the things that he has endured throughout his life.

From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness- -2 Corinthians 11:24-27

So how does this work? How can a man who has continually suffered call this present suffering light?

This is how:

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. -Romans 8:18

It’s not even comparable. When it comes to the weight of glory, this present suffering is light in comparison. There is no use putting the two on a scale and deciding which is greater, because it’s obvious.The realness and the depth of this pain is nothing compared to the glory that awaits us. When we shed this earthly skin and the weight of its troubles and are brought into the full and complete glory of God (Heaven), we will find the memories of even the greatest pains growing dim. In fact, I doubt we’ll even remember them.

So even in the tears and the suffering, I know that Christ is preparing me and molding me for this glorious day, where I will look at the burden of trouble that I’ve carried and chuckle at the ridiculousness of comparing it to the weight of eternity with my Savior.

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  1. Leslie says:

    Beautifully written! The early Christians joyfully withstood so much that would these days be considered unconscionable. I’ll be sure to remember you in my prayers this weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by on my SITS Day today!

    • Thank you, Leslie! πŸ™‚ You’re very right; our understanding of suffering and persecution can often be small in the culture that we live in.
      Thank you also for your prayers; I really appreciate it. πŸ™‚ And glad to have been able to stop by and leave you a comment to help you celebrate! πŸ™‚

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