​2 Corinthians 4:17 says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

If we were to study the Word of God as we should, we would know that “present troubles” are small and won’t last very long. Present troubles are preparing us for an eternal glory that far outweighs any troubles we encounter, and the external glory will last forever! Although our five senses will see present difficulties as something too heavy, too long, or too dangerous and tedious, the faith inside of us should see it as something light and short, and but for a moment. 

Faith in God’s Word enables to make this right judgment of things. Our faith reminds us that “…We know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). There are unseen things, as well as things that are seen and there is a vast difference between them. Unseen things are eternal. Things that we can see are temporary only.

No matter what afflictions come our way, in view of the expectation of the eternity to come, the afflictions are temporary and they are light. No matter what present trouble you find yourself in, it is small and it won’t last long. If you can hold on to the fact that the glory to come is a substance that’s weighty, it will last forever, and it is beyond description, you won’t sweat the small stuff. The height and depth, and length and breadth, of the love that Christ has for us, passeth all knowledge and understanding that we could possibly have, and we don’t have to sweat light afflictions.

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory. ” (1 Peter 4:12-13). Let us always remember, “…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9). Don’t sweat the small stuff!​
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