A collection of articles especially for women, based on the inspired Word of God, reflecting one woman's walk of Faith.
Friday, January 20, 2012
A Moment of Affliction
“For our light
affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and
eternal weight of glory.” (2 Cor. 4:17)
I have a
friend who has suffered nearly incessantly for some thirty-eight years as a
result of injuries received in an automobile accident. Besides being a
paraplegic, she lives with constant infections and fevers, Addison’s disease,
the loss of one leg from the knee down, spinal degeneracy…and pain. And I’m
sure there are other problems of which I am unaware.
would you think if I said to her the next time we were together, “Oh, Tina,
I’ve been praying for you during your moment of pain!” You would probably think
I was trivializing what to her has been a life
of pain. I’ve never actually said it to her, but I have no doubt that if I did,
she would understand what I meant and would agree with me. She has allowed her
suffering to “perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle” her (1 Pet. 5:10).
verse in Second Corinthians is a study in priority and balance. On one hand, we
have light afflictions in a moment of time counter balanced by an eternal
weight. A fleeting featherweight on one side of the scales and an everlasting
heavyweight on the other. To recognize the contrast doesn’t trivialize the
former, especially when we read that it’s actually adding to the weight of the
other. The affliction makes the glory that much weightier.
pretend to understand this, but I do know that when I say it, it doesn’t carry
nearly the “weight” that it does when someone in Tina’s condition says it. The
words are no truer, but the application is more visible. I also believe the
verse is a glimpse into the glory awaiting the child of God. Not personal
glory, for that all belongs to the King of Glory, but experiential glory. As I said, I’m out of my depth here. I don’t
understand this, but I accept it by faith.
speaks of various kinds of suffering; but to most of us, the word “affliction” speaks
of physical suffering, and I see no reason to try to expand this particular
verse beyond that. We all suffer physical pain throughout life, but for some of
us, it has seemingly been a perpetual way of life. To these, Paul offers the
promise that one day the scale will tip so heavily on the “Glory” side that the
affliction will go from being “light” to weightless!
Until that day, may
those of us riding this teeter-totter of life, by faith, look beyond the moment
to the eternal, and see beyond the affliction…the Glory.
From the pen of Martha
Snell Nicholson (1889-1957):