He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
The brevity of life grants power to abide, not an excuse to bail. Fleeting days don’t justify fleeing problems. Fleeting days strengthen us to endure problems. Will your problems pass? No guarantee they will. Will your pain cease? Perhaps. Perhaps not. But heaven gives this promise: “Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).
The words “weight of glory” conjure up images of the ancient pan scale. Remember the blindfolded lady of justice? She holds a pan scale—two pans, one on either side of the needle. The weight of a purchase would be determined by placing weights on one side and the purchase on the other.
God does the same with your struggles. On one side he stacks all your burdens. Famines. Firings. Parents who forgot you. Bosses who ignored you. Bad breaks, bad health, bad days. Stack them up, and watch one side of the pan scale plummet.
Now witness God’s response. Does he remove them? Eliminate the burdens? No, rather than take them, he offsets them. He places an eternal weight of glory on the other side. Endless joy. Measureless peace. An eternity of him.
[It’s Not About Me]
You have promised us an eternity of endless joy with you. Knowing this encourages us to stand firm during the difficult times of life. We know that you are balancing our suffering with an eternal weight of glory. May our response to testing in this life bring glory to your name now and through all eternity. Give us the strength and courage to endure faithfully our struggles through your grace and mercy,
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
My soul shall be joyful in the Lord; it shall rejoice in His salvation.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.
~ Max Lucado ~