Temporary Afflictions


“Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 


I tend to focus on the here and now; my present emotions, feelings, sorrows, afflictions, and pain. The crazy thing is - it is all temporary. When my attention goes into temporary hardships, I know it draws me away from the Father. When I am so overshadowed by what is happening right here and now, I lose my focus on the eternal glory that awaits me. What we experience on this earth is of little value compared to eternal glory with Jesus Christ. I want to look beyond and know that my present is not my future. Though I tend to look at my current circumstances with a bit too much of a magnifying glass, I know over the years my longing for Heaven has increased. What is unseen and invisible needs to have a greater impact on our lives because we do not belong in this world.  

Could we be looking at our afflictions the wrong way? Romans 8:29 says that we are being conformed to the image of Christ. Could we be so burdened by our visible, temporary afflictions that we don’t see God working in us by using those same afflictions to conform us to the image of His Son? We can look at our temporary afflictions and trials and consider it a great joy! We are blessed when we endure trials because when we pass the test we will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those of us that love Him. James 1:2. Oh, if we would just take our eyes off of ourselves we would see that the time we spend here on this earth is a drop of sand compared to the eternity future we have with our Lord and Savior. I say bring on the afflictions, I want to be conformed to Christ! 


Father, forgive me to putting focus on the things of this world, including my own daily struggles and afflictions. Help me to keep my eyes on You, the perfecter of my faith. My temporary hardships are of little value compared to seeing You in glory.  

Your Turn

Are you like me? Do you tend to dwell on the here and now? Let’s pray, get in the Word, and allow the Lord to work in our hearts to draw us to Himself, and give us a great joy as we focus on our eternal destination.