The degree of suffering through a difficult season in life, depends on what we believe is important. For some individuals, it might seem obvious that fame, money, and possessions are not the crucial aspects of our existence. What is not so obvious is that there is nothing of this world worthy of our ultimate devotion. Even if we desire things like beauty, wisdom, and human love which are as finite as we are, and thus unworthy of our absolute dedication.
Through the second epistle to the Corinthians, Paul is encouraging us not to lose heart when we go through difficult seasons in life. Furthermore, Paul states that we should not be dismayed even when we are facing death. For most of us this might seem difficult or almost impossible to accomplish. So the question is: How is Paul expecting us to be of good cheer when we go through suffering? Paul’s answer: Keep things in perspective.
In order to keep the right perspective, our vision has to be focused on what is truly important: Eternity! Paul is telling us that when we live for Christ our afflictions in life are temporary, and we must not compare them with the eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:17). We ought to be focused on the things of the spirit that we can’t see, for: “... Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
- Written by Ray Angulo