This week I have been listening to Andrew Wommack’s radio teaching on the ‘Christian First Aid Kit’ – which I would highly recommend.
One thing that really stood out to me was Paul’s description of his problems&hardships () but he still described them as light and momentary troubles () . The reason he could say this was that he was looking at everything in the light of eternity. All the troubles he was facing could never stop him worshipping Jesus as he knew that they would be over in the blink of an eye compared to eternity in heaven with the King of Kings.
We too need to remember to view everything that comes our way in the light of eternity. And the light of eternity is Jesus as He is the ‘light of the world’ (). We should see everything through Jesus’s sacrifice, as though it were a filter that changes everything we see. By doing this we can praise Him in every situation as all things seen in the light of eternity are shown for what they really are.
23 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. 24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant? (ESV)
17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, (ESV)
12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (ESV)