“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
What Paul referred to as “this light, momentary affliction” included imprisonment, beatings, attempts to lynch him, shipwrecks, sleepless nights, and opposition of every sort everywhere he went, and It would end in his own beheading. But in Paul’s view, with the perspective of eternity and the glorious home in heaven prepared for him, he considered that such things were not worth taking into account. There is no comparing the troubles we face here with the glory there.
Here there is beauty and we experience God’s wonderful grace every day. But here there is also sorrow, disease, trouble and death. Here, things wear out - and so do we. But in heaven there is no sickness or sorrow, no sickness or death.
“Here” lasts for a short time. The strongest among us might make it to 90 or even 100 years, and they are full of trouble. But there, life goes on forever without the trouble. There, God Himself wipes away every tear from our eyes.
Lord Jesus, keep my eyes on the invisible. Give me that perspective of eternity that your servant Paul had. Fix my gaze on heaven, and hold me close, even now. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles