Are you dealing with “light and momentary troubles?”
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|“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Have you ever been working out and the next day suffering some pain? Yes. Is there a profit to it? Yes. Have you ever had pain in your marriage even if you are doing the right thing? Yes. Is there profit to it? Yes. Is there pain in having a daily quiet time and being disciplined? Yes. Does it have profit and benefit? Yes.
To withstand short-term pain in a situation, you need to focus on the long-term benefit.
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever.” (Hebrews 12:2 – The Message).
Why did Jesus go to the cross? Because he knew the joy that would be his afterward – the joy of seeing all of us saved. He was willing to go through the pain of the cross because he could look past it to the reward that followed.
When you are going through the difficulties of life, you need to take it to prayer. Take it to God in prayer as you keep in mind whatever it is, it isn’t the end of the world.
Take a moment and read 2 Corinthians 11:24-30. Paul was beaten, he was stoned, he survived a shipwreck, faced robbers, floods, deserts, and stormy seas, went without food and water, and lacked sleep and clothing to keep him warm. Yet, in spite of all these things he endured during his ministry, he was still able to say, “We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17 NIV).
As Paul faced all that, he called it“ light and momentary troubles.” He knew it was all a matter of perspective. He minimized the pain and maximized the profit.
The passage of scripture that I mentioned at the beginning of our devotional says that “at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” There is always a delay between when you plant the seed and when you eat the fruit. What we often want is to plant the seed in a prayer and then to expect the harvest of an answer immediately. But that’s not how it works.
Whatever season of life that you find yourself in right now, the planting season or the growing season, it requires waiting; know that the harvest will come if you don’t give up. Just look past the current difficulty to the long-term benefit – to the eternal gain that awaits you.
I hope that you are planning to be with us Sunday, as Liberty Quartet ministers to us at 9:30am.