The Struggle is for God’s Glory

The struggles that we go through are for God’s glory. Each circumstance is meant to help us to be a light to others. Let’s look to Paul for insight on how to handle the temporary affiliations or struggles we go through.

Paul illustrates in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV), The essence of pressing forward: [16]”Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. [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. For the things are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but things which are not seen are eternal”.

In verse sixteen Paul is encouraging the church of Corinth to not lose heart. It is the same with us today. Our outward circumstances can be challenging, but we must remain encouraged.

In verse seventeen Paul begins to illustrate why we must not lose heart. He writes that the things we go through are not as heavy as they feel and that they don’t last forever. This is important to remember. Things can last longer than expected but nothing lasts forever.

Also in verse seventeen, Paul illustrates that these challenges or afflictions are not only temporary but our focus should be on our eternal reward. He writes that it is far better than the things we go through.

In verse eighteen Paul begins to discuss faith and the importance of understanding that there is a difference in what is seen and unseen.  He writes that there is a spiritual unseen work that God is doing through our circumstances.

God brings us through to bring us out. God is working for us through all that we go through. Our eternal rewards exceed each and every trial, challenge, or affliction.

It is important to know, there is also fulfillment as we continue to live. Our lives and circumstances can be used to pull others up.

It is important to never give up, settle, or stop believing for better. God is a sovereign God. All things are under His control.

No matter how hard things seem or how great the challenge, trial, or affliction He knew it would come. We must also remember Jesus. He bore it all for us. We are no different, there are things we must endure.

Though the road can seem unbearable, remember, as Paul illustrated, the challenges we face are temporary and for God’s glory.

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