2 Corinthians 4:17–18 (NKJV)
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
We tend to magnify our problems, do we not? We often magnify them to the point we can no longer see around them at all. That’s not to say the situations we face are not tough, nor does it mean the magnification is not warranted, it is simply saying we do not always see past the current struggle.
Understand The Reason
James 1:2–4 reminds us… (2) My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (4) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing… So our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is actually for a particular reason. I am not sure if it makes it easier to know why affliction happens, but at least we understand that there is a purpose and that purpose is to perfect us in Christ!
God Promises Us That He Does Have A Plan
Romans 8:28 promises… (28) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose… No matter the size of the struggle, God promises that all things work together for good. Here’s the catch though… For His purpose. We may look at any given situation and think about how God may move to make it work for our good, but He looks at the bigger picture and how it may affect His purpose. That momentary affliction that may bring us some pain, is also the momentary affliction that drives us to prayer! That momentary affliction that may lead us to doubt, is also the momentary affliction that will guide us to faith. His purpose, not ours!
Seeing Past The Struggle
We are assured in Ephesians 2:10… (10) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them… We are promised that God knows the beginning from the end, He is the Alpha and the Omega, so it would stand to reason that He has a solid plan. If God has a solid plan, we must look past the current circumstance in full assurance that it will work for His purpose. If we trusted God with our past, we can certainly trust Him with our future.
We may not understand God’s ways, we usually cannot see His plan, but how many times have you come out of a struggle to see God’s plan through it all? We can usually only see God’s plan in hindsight. We can look past a current struggle when we have faith that God is working in any given situation.
Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;