2 Corinthians 4:17
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
The afflictions we face in life cannot change our destinies, our destinies are determined by God and since we know that God never changes, we can rest assure that no matter what we go through in life, at the end of the day it’s what God has predestined for our lives that will stand. All we have to do is follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and we will end up in the place that God has ordained for our lives.
Paul describes afflictions as light and but for a moment; most of us would not agree with Paul. When we are face with adversities we view them as the worst thing that has ever happened in the history of man and one moment like an eternity. Paul could describe our afflictions as light and but for a moment because he was comparing them to the eternal glory of God. God’s glory will always outweigh anything that we face in life.
The scripture says our afflictions worketh for us a far more exceeding weigh of glory. How is that possible? God doesn’t bring afflictions upon us to show us his glory; but in the midst of our afflictions, what the enemy does for evil, God’s glory is revealed.
When the children of Israel were being afflicted by Pharoah, God said “…I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters for I know their sorrows and I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey…” (Exodus 3:7-8). In the midst of their afflictions, God’s glory was revealed.
The greater the afflictions the greater the glory; the greater the glory, the lighter the afflictions. In other words, on God’s side “when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord lifts up a standard against him” (Isa. 59:19). On our side, when we look not at the things that are seen but at the things that are not seen, what is seen becomes light and but for a moment (2 Cor. 4:18). Psalms 34:19, “many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”