2Corinthians 4:7, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,”
The new year has began, not everyone has began it on a good note. My family for one is in a trying period having finished the year with one only to open with another. The reality is that we live in a fallen world full of pain and suffering, however we as believers can be different from the world by learning to profit from trials.
When it comes to afflictions/trials, three men in new testament tells us how we should respond to them. James encourages us to count it all joy. Paul encourages to consider them light. Peter on the other hand encourages us not to think them strange. Only the grace of God enables us to speak and live in the light of such words with confidence.
Greater testimony is not on what you have achieved but what you have survived, something these men were all aware of. They speak from experience and we learn from them. “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ“, 1Peter 1:6. Genuine faith tested is preserved through fire.
Deeper joy surfaces and becomes believers strength when we learn to profit from trials, “the joy of the Lord is our strength”. “Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality”, 2Corinthians 8:1.
Patience is a must to every wise men. Patience is mastered in the sea of life as the faith goes through different stages and matures belivers to stand through anything having been equiped lacking nothing to stand, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing”, James 1:2.
Light affliction as Paul puts it enables believers to hold on tight to Christ looking forward to blessed hope which cannot be compared to the current suffering, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,”, 2Corinthians 4:7. “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy”, 1Peter 4:12.
May the Lamb who was slain receive the reward of His suffering as we become partakers in the fellowship of His suffering for the glory of His name, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen”, Jude 1:24. Blessings Ev
Some thoughts to help us through trying times
1. I am in better place than I DESERVE
2. God owes me nothing, I owe it all to Him
3. The challenges I am facing could be more worse than what it is
4. Someone else has it worse than I do and wish they were in my position.
5. I am far from where I started
6. I’d rather STAND in there than HANG in there. I get tired quickly hanging compared to standing.
7. I maintain memories of small beginnings, small and big victories, they remind me I have more to be thankful for than complain
8. There is always a big picture