2 Corinthians 4:17-18 - The Verses Project

Bible 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Posted October 29, 2012

17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 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.

Affliction is something all humans deal with. Rich or poor, young or old, regardless of ethnicity or nationality, we all suffer. While many people think their belief in God should function as a "get out of jail free card" from any form of opposition or difficulty, these verses actually teach us that Christians are to look at suffering through a different lens. We must learn to see that behind the affliction is a surprising truth: that God is using that very affliction to prepare you for eternity ("an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison").

This verse isn't intended minimize the pain or suffering we may feel, but it is rather a call to see our pain in light of greater or "truer truths". As Francis Schaeffer said, there are major & minor themes in the story of life. While suffering (the things that are seen) is a true theme, in the grand scope it is a minor theme simply because one day suffering, pain, & death shall forever be banished upon Christ's return and restoration of the new heavens & new earth (the things that are unseen). This return is what Schaeffer would call a major theme, one that eventually trumps the minor themes.

So, friends, if you look out with your eyes of flesh and see only heartache and pain, look again with eyes of faith. While your eyes of flesh falter at the sight you see, your eyes of faith see a beautiful story unfolding that you would not believe even if you were told! Have faith.

This week's song was written by Brooks Ritter, a singer/songwriter and associate worship director at Sojourn Church in Louisville, KY. You can check out his latest solo record here: http://brooksritter.bandcamp.com/album/gather-round and some of his music with Sojourn here: http://sojournmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-water-and-the-blood. The artwork was created by Grant Hill, a graphic designer out of Oklahoma City and founder of Finch Creative Group (http://finchok.com/).