Faith, expectations and victory 2 Cor 4: 17-18
‘For our light and momentary troubles…’– this means the only kind of troubles believers should have are those which are light and momentary. The moment troubles are heavy and last beyond a moment, there is a problem (troubles are heavy depending on your circumstances. Thus, you can easily know when there is a problem). You should therefore check for what’s wrong (maybe e.g, you have broken the hedge with sin and the serpent is allowed to bite…etc, but it CAN NEVER be GOD’s fault).
‘…are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all (my emphasis)’: this Scripture gives us hope. And it encourages us to endure the ‘light and momentary troubles’ we face, as they will make us stronger and prepare us for our eternal glory. Kelly Clarkson sang ‘What doesn’t kill you make you stronger…’
Vs 18: Thus, we should fix our eyes on what is unseen (our eternal glory), and not focus on what is seen (the light and momentary troubles). ‘light and momentary troubles’ are only temporary. Our eternal glory is permanent. Finally, it always pays to focus only on the permanent things rather than the temporary things.