“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NLT)
The light afflictions and troubles that we experience this side of heaven are nothing compared to the glory that waits for us in heaven. In spite of this we allow them to weigh us down to the point that we become like a truck mired in mud, spinning our wheels. Our countenance falls; our eyes stay in a downward gaze as if searching for something on the ground. But there is nothing to see there, for our hope lies in the heavenlies. It is in God that we find our hope. It is in God that we find our peace. And it is in God that we find our guidance. The enemy of our soul would have us stuck in idle forever. He would have us going nowhere, as if we were on a perpetual merry-go-round, constantly moving, yet making no progress and ending up exactly where we started.
The troubles we go thru prepare us for a great reward one day. We need to see our trials and troubles as lessons to be learned. If we ask the Lord what He wants us to learn from a given situation, we can grow spiritually. That is how our faith and trust in God increases. Scripture tells us of joy that is ahead. “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.” (1 Peter 1:6-7; NLT) In Paul’s letter to the Romans he speaks of heirs of God’s glory: “And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” (Romans 8:17; NLT)
So what is the answer to this mess we continually find ourselves in? Rebuking the enemy is a good place to start. Do it in the name of Jesus and you might be surprised at the results. Then seek the face of God afresh and anew. Ask Him to clear your mind. Ask Him to remind you of all the blessings you that are yours thanks to simply knowing Him. And make a conscience effort to know Him more. If we spent half as much time pondering the wonders of God as we do wondering why we find ourselves in the circumstances we are in, we would be much better off. Our enemy is a cruel taskmaster. He wishes to bog us down in fear, worry and doubt. These emotions are NOT from God. They are the antithesis of what God provides and wishes for us. Seek the face of God. His yoke is easy and His burden light. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!!
Resources: The Reformation Study Bible.