By Douglas M. Williams Sr
“Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1).
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
Affliction is trouble, hardship, difficulty, adversity, tribulation, and grievous distress. It causes pain, grief, sorrow and suffering.
Afflictions come in different ways, and everyone has them from time to time. How grateful we should be to know that we have a loving heavenly Father who knows and understands our afflictions and that the Bible offers comfort, help, and salvation as we trust the Lord in faith and obedience. In our afflictions it might be of help to think about the woman in her troubles that said she liked to think of her favorite verse. When asked what it was, she replied, “And it came to pass,” and explained she was glad the Bible didn’t say, “that it came to stay.”
The Bible says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). “O Lord, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction” (Jeremiah 16:19).
In Acts 7:10 we read that God was with Joseph and delivered him out of afflictions. In Hebrews 11:24-25 we read, “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharoah’s daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.”
God has not promised us a life free of affliction, but he has promised He “will never leave nor forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5). God bless you, and may He always help us look to Him in faith and obedience that we may enjoy all of God’s blessings, and especially His spiritual blessings in Christ and salvation in heaven.