No matter who you are, troubles will arise from time to time. One day as I was complaining to God about the horrible problems I was facing, the Lord spoke to me through 2 Corinthians 4:17. It changed the way I look at any trouble I face forever! As I read, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,” three things immediately jumped out at me.
1. Every problem you face is temporary.
Compared to what Jesus went through and the tragedies that many others face, our troubles really are light. Of course, our troubles never seem light while we are going through them. But one thing we all must admit: Every trouble is not forever. The good news is that any trouble I face will not last the rest of my life! THIS TOO SHALL PASS.
Of course we’re never going to pray for God to give us more trouble so we can get all these benefits. But it sure does help us to navigate through today’s problems if we recognize that God’s hand is on us.
2. Your troubles will benefit you.
Your problems are temporary AND they will turn out for your benefit. To tell the truth, I couldn’t see how the trouble I was facing could ever work for good. But can’t you look back and see that, although some past troubles were rough, it all worked out for the better? These are just a few ways that my troubles have worked out for me, but I’m sure you could add to the list:
Change of direction. You may have been heading in a direction you didn’t know was destructive, but you’re headed in a successful direction today. Problems can give us a clearer understanding of our God-given destiny.
Confirmation. You get to know which values are important and which ones aren’t. Then you commit to live those values out in your relationships, your God-given time on earth, your ability to influence people for Jesus, etc.
Greater trust. Through trouble, you learn to recognize God’s involvement in your life and trust Him more than ever before.
A thankful heart. You learn to thank God for what you do have rather than complaining about what you don’t have. You realize how good life really was before the trouble came. You wake up to recognize how selfish you were.
3. The best is still yet to come.
God’s Word says that my light trouble (as compared to what JESUS went through) would work for me a destiny that would release His Glory in and through me and would also increase His favor in my life. I would be a greater influence to others for Jesus.
Of course we’re never going to pray for God to give us more trouble so we can get all these benefits. But it sure does help us to navigate through today’s problems if we recognize that God’s hand is on us and our circumstances. We can confess Romans 8:28 with confidence “ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER for good to them that love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose.”
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