Eternal Perspective

Have you ever had one of those days or even seasons in life where you want to throw your hands up in the air and ask God what he’s doing?

Recently at work, one of my co-workers expressed that frustration with a kind of, “Really, God? How much more can a person take?” Well, I know the feeling all too well, and there are days in all of our lives where we just don’t get it, when we want to question God and then maybe even throw in the towel.

But there’s a really cool verse that I’m a little hesitant to use because I don’t want to trivialize anyone’s problems, but 2 Cor. 4:17 says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” Another translation calls our troubles “light and momentary.”

Nobody wants to hear that our problems are insignificant, but I think what Scripture is trying to teach us is that compared to glory (another way of saying, compared to when we get to heaven) this will be nothing… It will pale in comparison and make us wonder why we ever complained or doubted God’s sovereignty.

This life is but a vapor, a moment in time.  Eternity is what we need to focus on. God has a plan for our lives, a purpose for each of us, and He wants us to prosper and not be harmed by the troubles of this momentary life…and what a great perspective that would be if we’d just embrace it for the rest of our days.


by Barbara Beck

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