Is there anything hard that you are going through today?
One of the greatest promises of God is that in the end everything will work out for our good and his glory. That everything bad will be turned into good. That everything sad will become something happy. And that everything hard will have proven the grace of God to the world.
Listen to how the Apostle Paul explains it here in 2 Corinthians:
2 Corinthians 4:17-18. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 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.
Paul calls the hard things we go through in life “light and momentary afflictions.” That means that our problems are small and short compared to living with God forever in heaven. Right now our problems seem enormous and eternal. “How long will this bad thing last?” is a very common question in the Bible.
Do you have an “affliction” that you are going through today? A sadness? A difficulty? A sickness? A heartbreak? Are you wondering how long it will last?
God promises that it won’t last forever.
But he also promises something else too. Not only will the hard things in our life not last forever, but while they do last, they will “prepare a weight of glory for us.”
What does that mean? It means that God uses all of the hard things in our life to make us better. To help us trust him more and rely on his goodness and grace more and more. Like Jesus did.
Here’s one of the most important lessons you can learn as you grow up: God is kind, but his kindness doesn’t remove our suffering; it carries us through our suffering.
The cross of Jesus shows us that God allows bad things in life because they teach us to trust God more and more and love others more and more. Our “afflictions” become “glory” when we trust God to be with us IN the hard times instead of trusting God to take away the hard times. Afflictions become glory when they make us more like Jesus.
Because of Jesus we know our hardships are not forever, but they are getting us ready to trust God forever.
With Jesus we can trust God through any hardship.
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Here’s a good dancing song about trusting God.
Your life was full of sad things too, just like mine is sometimes. Thank you for trusting God through it all and going to the cross for me so that all my suffering can be turned into glory and goodness.
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