“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” 2 Cor. 4:17
I have been reblogging a lot of great thoughts from other writers these last few weeks, mostly because my own schedule continues to remain massive as far as ministry is concerned. Our pastor’s wife fell in the church fellowship hall a week or so ago and shattered her knee. She had surgery on Wednesday to put in a plate. Pastor has been staying with her and working from home for the last few days. So I am running the services at church tomorrow and planning the funerals for Monday and Tuesday (yep two more folks).
A few day ago I wrote a post entitled Little Problems.
This post is a continuation of those thoughts and I write it in light of all that has gone on in our church this last month.
Now perhaps our present problems aren’t quite as big as Paul the Apostle’s (or maybe they are). I guess it doesn’t really matter problems are well… problematic and by their very nature they cause us pain. Problems and pain…pain and problems…the two things are inextricable. They are two sides of the same coin. Whether it’s a broken toe or bankruptcy or someone’s taken a hit out on us problems are painful. But there is something else problems can be. They can be creators of glory.
Paul said just that very thing to the Corinthians in his second letter.
James the Lord’s brother said it this way, ” 2Count it all joy, my brothers,b when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Jas. 1:2-4
And Peter said this, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed’ 1 Peter 4:12
In the world as it stands in order to get glory released there must be affliction. Victory comes at the end of a battle. Miracles come to resolve unresolvable conflicts and resurrection only happens after death. It is the way it works in the fallen world. Even secular voices understand that.
“No pain, no gain.” Jane Fonda
“No guts no glory.” Cath Crowley
“Be still sad heart and cease repining;
Behind the clouds the sun is shining,
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life a little rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.” Longfellow
Here’s the thing, not every problem creates glory. Some problems just create pain. What becomes of all our little problems is determined by what we do with them. Do we wallow or do we worship? In the face of our difficulties do we blame others or do we become new and better in our own behavior? Do we groan or do we grow?
What eternal weight of glory is being released in your life today?