2 Kings 8; 1 Timothy 5; Daniel 12; Psalm 119:49-72
My thoughts today seem to be around a couple of verses in Psalm 119.
"This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your (God's) promise give me life." (verse 50)
"It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes." (verse 71)
You know, I am not a fan of affliction. I struggle with my struggles. But one thing I have learned to do is run to God's word when I am afflicted. Of course then He shares with me things like this rather than telling me that He will now stop everything and end my affliction.
A current circumstance has weighed heavily for several months now with no real end in sight. Every time I see a faint glimmer of hope it is snatched away. Today I shall give thanks for this affliction-I shall try to see it as the Psalmist says as something that is good for me, something good for all involved.
And so, the Holy Spirit has brought another verse to mind this morning: "For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. -2 Corinthians 4:17-18, ESV
This too shall pass, but I can't help wishing it would pass sooner than later-so perhaps a change in attitude is what is required. Imagine viewing affliction as preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison! Hmmm-kind of goes with my thoughts yesterday from Daniel.
Grace, Peace, and Mercy,