(16) For which cause we faint not: but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. (17) for our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. (18) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. ( 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 KJV)
Affliction: A state of pain, distress, or grief; misery; something that causes pain or suffering.
How many of us likes affliction? What about even the thought of affliction? I don’t think that any of us does. Being afflicted doesn’t feel good it brings about pain, discomfort, misery and suffering, but the Apostle Paul also lets us know that it kills the outward man (our flesh) but that our inward man (spirit) it’s being renewed day by day. Notice that in verse 17 Paul calls our afflictions light and he says that it is but for a moment. If your anything like me your thinking that your afflictions feels anything but light and it seems to last longer than a moment, but if we think about what he’s comparing it to he is reminding us that yes, although the purpose of affliction is to cause pain or distress and that it may seem as though it is killing us (and it is our flesh) it is light compared to what is rewarded to us for going through what you went through. It’s only working out something far more glorious than what you or I can ever imagine. So compared to what is to come (glory) the afflictions seems like nothing. Are you could be thinking well Aqua, I get that but I’ve been afflicted with this illness for over ten years know, or I haven’t worked in the past two years, that’s longer than a moment. Not when you compare it to eternity in eternity ten years will seem like a blink of an eye.
A lot of the times we like to think that afflictions comes from the enemy, and to be honest a lot of the times it does. God will use even the afflictions brought to us by the enemy in order to grow us. What the enemy thinks would stop us, God uses to multiply us! Let’s take a look at Exodus 1 right quick. (11) Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. (12) But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. ( Exodus 1:11-12) This was at a time when the Israelites was under the bondage of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Verse 11 says that there was taskmasters set over them and their sole purpose was to afflict the Israelites. Why? To stop them from growing, do you know that Satan is still like that to this very day he will try to use affliction to keep us from growing, he’ll try to burden you down so much in hopes that you’ll start concentrating more on your afflictions and less on your God. Only the more that he afflicts us, the more it causes us to grow in verse 12 it says that the more that they afflicted them, the more they not only grew but the more they multiplied. It is something about being afflicted that causes us to pray, it causes us to seek God and to cry out. It causes us to grow. I can honestly say had I personally not been afflicted in the way that I had. I would not have sought after God the way that I did. Here’s part of my testimony for years I suffered with major depression, day and night the thoughts that would float in my mind was Aqua just kill yourself, your useless, God doesn’t hear you, you have no future. These were my thoughts everyday and night for five years are more. The enemy was planting these thoughts in my mind to keep me from growing, but what it actually caused me to do was pick up my bible and start learning scriptures, it caused me to pray, it caused me to seek God and in that seeking something inside of me was growing, even though I didn’t know it. Here I was depressed, but yet at the same time growing. It wasn’t until God showed me that he called me to teach is word some ten years later that I understood why I had been attacked in my mind the way that I had been. The Devil was trying to use affliction to stop me, but God was using it to grow me. The same thing can be said of you. Depression may not have been your affliction, but you do have one. Don’t be discouraged because of it. It’s that thing which is drawing you closer to God, Verse 12 also shows me something pay attention to this part. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. Don’t you know that you grieve the enemy when you refuse to die and give up! He’s giving it everything he has to stop you in your tracks and the fact that you’re not dying or giving up but instead multiplying that grieves him to no end!
I don’t know what you are facing right now at this moment, but I do know that its but for a moment. That affliction that you are facing it is growing something on the inside of you. That one day you will be able to look back and call it as Paul called it a light affliction, because of what is to come will be far more greater than what you had to endure and that’s for both this life and the life to come.
Remember that it is just but for a moment!!