2 Corinthians 4:17 tells us that momentary, light afflictions are producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. In this chapter, Paul is speaking of his ministry and the suffering that he has endured. Christians can expect suffering – it is in the cards if we truly belong to Christ.
The kind of suffering Paul is talking about is not the type of suffering we normally think about. It is not talking about having a flat tire on the way to work, or not having enough money in our checking account. He is talking about the suffering that comes about when we follow Jesus faithfully, and the world hates us for it.
He’s making a comparison here – notice the words he uses to talk about his suffering. They are momentary, meaning that they last only a small bit of time. They flash before our eyes and they are gone. They are light – and the word here means that they weigh nothing – they float through the air like a feather. But see what he is comparing it to – an eternal, everlasting weight – and here the word means a ponderous, heavy, weighty amount of glory. Surely this helps us when we are suffering – when people disrespect us because we are believers, compare this momentary thing to the eternity of a great weight or amount of glory we will receive for our faithfulness.
“While we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen, for the things that are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Where are you looking?