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“But for a Moment”
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17)
Whatever my affliction is, the grace of God is sufficient to meet my every need. My Savior says to me, “My grace is sufficient for thee. My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Paul asked God to remove his terribly painful thorn in the flesh three times. But it was best for Paul to endure the pain and carry the thorn in his flesh to the grave. Therefore, his heavenly Father refused to take it away. But he gave him something far better. — The knowledge and experience of his all-sufficient grace!
No matter what my trial may be, the Lord, my God and Savior, is with me. He has promised, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). This was Paul’s comfort in prison (2 Timothy 4:9-18); and it is our comfort in the midst of all earthly woe.
I do not need perfect health. I need Christ’s perfect peace. I do not need prosperity and wealth. I need the riches of God’s grace. I do not need a life of ease. I need the comfort of my Savior’s presence.
How sweet, how comforting, how delightful it is for us to hear our God assure us that “our light afflictions are but for a moment!” They are only for a moment. They will soon be over!
“Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day.
Earth’s joys grow dim. Its glories slip away.
Change and decay in all around me I see. —
O Thou who changest not, abide with me!”
Commenting on this text, Robert Hawker, wrote, “All afflictions in their nature, being the consequence of the fall, are in themselves evil; and work evil, to the whole Adam-nature, void of Christ. Yet coming in and through the Covenant of Grace in Christ to the Lord’s people their very property is changed. Hence, the Holy Ghost hath caused it to be proclaimed in his Scriptures, “that all things work together for good to them that love God; to them who are the called according to this purpose” (Romans 8:28). Reader do not forget this. — A child of God must be ultimately a gainer by every affliction, when sanctified.”
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” — As we look away from the transitory things of time to those things which are eternal, our light and momentary afflictions fade into insignificance. The eternal God is our Father. His eternal Son is our Savior. The eternal Holy Ghost is our Comforter. Eternal glory is our home.