When I think that life is a bit hard or when things seem to be getting on top if me I like to look at the life of Paul.
Paul was persecuted; he was stoned and left for dead, he was beaten and whipped, he was run out of town and he was shipwrecked (more than once).
Yet Paul calls these things a light affliction (2 Corinthians 4 v 17).
He talks about the problems in his life (afflictions) being easy and light.
Easy and light!
Yes, that is what Paul says.
He says this as he looks on the eternal outlook and not just on the current physical situation.
Paul knew that Jesus loved him, knew what Jesus had done for him and knew what he had as a gift of grace through faith.
If we could have an outlook similar to that of Paul the problems of life would seem a lot smaller than we sometimes make them out to be.
If you are anything like me you can blow all things out of proportion, yet if we could look on things like Paul this would not happen.
We have been forgiven and reconciled, been saved and made righteous and have a place in eternity with Jesus.
When we focus on those truths any problem we have should shrink in size!
Focussing on Jesus and not our problems, focussing on the spiritual instead of the physical is great advice for all of us.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for all that I have as a gift of grace through faith”.
2 Corinthians 4 v 17…..For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory