Paul was an amazing man of God, a wonderful evangelist and apostle, spreading the Word of God across the known world.
He was persecuted, arrested, beaten, stoned and left for dead; he had to escape from cities and was shipwrecked a number of times; he was thrown in jail and whipped; he was despised and rejected by his own people.
Paul did not have it easy; he had great difficulties and issues that brought many difficulties.
How did he react to this; did he throw up his hands and say “I give up” or “it’s not fair” or “I can’t go on”; did he weep and wail and moan?
No, he called all these issues and circumstances his “light affliction”; yes, you read that correctly, he said they were a “light affliction” (2 Corinthians 4 v 17).
My friends, Paul is just the same as we are now, he was a bring again believer who trusted Jesus as His Lord and Saviour.
You are the same as Paul, so you can live with the same attitude as Paul.
How can we live like that; how can we look on the circumstances and difficulties of this earthly life as light afflictions?
We can be like Paul and look to the things of the Lord and the Kingdom (things which are not see) rather than our current difficulties and issues (things which are seen) (2 Corinthians 4 v 18).
We can, like Paul, choose to focus on the positive truths of the Lord and His Kingdom, instead of worrying and focusing on the negativity of our earthly condition.
What did Paul do when he was stuck in the deepest and darkest part of jail in Philippi? (Acts 16 v 22 to 24)
He prayed and sang songs of praise; he worshiped and he rejoiced (Acts 16 v 25).
What an example; even in the worst of conditions Paul was able to rejoice; he prayed and sang songs of praise.
This is what the Lord wants us to do as well, He wants us to rejoice, and rejoice in all circumstances (Philippians 4 v 4 and 2 Thessalonians 5 v 16).
Now don’t get upset and say “you don’t know what I am going through”, even though that of course is true.
But the Lord does know and He asks you to rejoice.
And Paul went through, with all respect to your situation, a lot worse than you or I are going through, and he managed to rejoice.
I agree that this is not also easy; I have to be honest and say that I am writing this DIG to me as much to anyone else; I can and do let the things of this earth weigh me down.
But when I look to Him, read and meditate on His Word, pray and sing songs of worship, or go for a walk and ponder on His wonderful creation, things always, and I mean always, look better.
When we focus on Him (things we cannot see) instead of ourselves and our problems (things we can see) life gets a whole lot better.
Look to Him tonight, look to the things unseen.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that things of this earth are nothing compared to what is to come; thank you for my eternal life, provided as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ”.
2 Corinthians 4 v 17 and 18…..For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal