2 Corinthians 4:17-18
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
How does the Word of God address our day to day? Here in 2 Corinthians 4:17 He declares them to be light afflictions. Now I know this is very difficult for us to wrap our minds around when we are in the middle of a very difficult time. I in no way believe that Jesus is minimizing or saying that these things are not a big deal. After all the scripture tells us that when Jesus saw the pain of Mary and her anguish when her brother died, He wept. The truth is Jesus knows how our heart can anguish and He knows that the pain can be so piercing; however, He also knows all about heaven and what eternity is all about. He knows that the pain we suffer today builds us eternally. Our heart may ache with the struggles of today but spiritually our heart will grow more and more like the heart of Christ if we will focus on the eternal. How do we do this? Verse 18 says we must look at the things which are not seen. We tend to look each and every day at the things that are seen. Many times those things are filled with pain and strife; however, if we look past these temporary things we will find eternal crowns in heaven. We will find spiritual growth that produces fruit that impacts the kingdom. Souls are saved, lives changed for Jesus Christ, and the Kingdom of God glorified. This is how God chose it to be; the Kingdom is built and ministered by the obedience of His children. Our love for Him drives our obedience to Him and thus brings glory to Him. Our sadness is not wrong, our pain is real, our tears are real, but with the right focus it will all lead to a spiritual stability that only Jesus can provide.
Brother Big Daddy