Happy Sunday! I’ve kept up with reading at least one chapter in the Bible each day since the start of the new year and I’ve absolutely loved it. Not only do I feel so much closer to God, but I’m learning a lot about the life I was designed to live and the way I want to pursue that. One of the passages that I read this week inspired this installment of my biweekly “Scripture Sunday” series. As always, I’m going to throw out the disclaimer that this is definitely a Christ-based post and my readers who aren’t part (or don’t want to be part) of the Christian faith probably won’t enjoy it. If that’s you, I’d love it if you continued scrolling though my blog until you find another post you like better (this week I shared an outfit inspired by Morgan Yates here and my February favorites here)! I hope you enjoy today’s “Scripture Sunday!”
2 Corinthians 4:17; For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.
If you play a sport, have ever attended any form of school, or work a job, you know what it’s like to push yourself through something awful for a promised reward. Maybe you attend intense two hour practices daily with the promise that you’ll end up competing at state this season. Maybe you’re exhausted, staying up all night studying for a test in the hope of bringing up a grade that you’re convinced the colleges you’re applying to will see. Maybe you absolutely hate working at your job but go to work simply because you need the money. I think it’s pretty safe to say that in each person’s life there’s at least one area that they aren’t really thrilled about but continue to pursue for the promise of positive outcomes.
In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he advises the people of Corinth to stay strong in their faith and to continue to spread God’s word as they build their relationships with Him. I particularly love this prevalent reassurance in 2 Corinthians 4:17. The verse says “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” Here Paul encourages them to not lose hope as a new Christian group while they face daily trials in the midst of unbelievers, but I think this verse is still more than applicable to our lives today.
As I mentioned before, we all have things we have to push through in order to get to something better, something worth it. Some days, the concept of life as a whole being this way isn’t too far out of reach. As 2 Corinthians 4:17 says, our earthly troubles will pale in comparison to the great glory we will reach in heaven. We will think of these times, times when things got really hard with our parents or friends, times when we faced rejection, times when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, and we’ll laugh. We’ll see just how worth it pursuing a life with Jesus is.
This week, face the hard times knowing that something incredible will come from them. Know that God is preparing an absolutely amazing eternal life for you in heaven, something too good for you to even grasp right now. Stay strong in your faith and never be afraid to talk to God when things feel hard or out of control. He loves you and everything in your life is done for a specific purpose of His.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week!