2Cor 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Concerning affliction the Apostle writes they are "but for a moment." And so is everything else in our little life on earth. How well it would be if God's children never lost sight of this fact, that all is "but for a moment." These words should daily be before our hearts. Have we sorrows and affliction? It is but for a moment. Are we tested and severely tried? It is but for a moment. Has death separated us from our loved ones, who have gone to be with Him? The separation is but for a moment. Nor must we forget that all the honours and the glory of this life, that which the world offers, is but for a moment; it all passeth away. Yea life itself when we reach its end down here will appear if it were "but for a moment."
To remember this constantly is blessedly stimulating. It helps in a victorious life to look away from things seen, from things as they are and to look to the unseen things, the abiding things. Practice it daily! Whatever comes into your life, dear reader-- the trials, the sorrows, the afflictions, the heartaches, the disappointments, the joys, the honours, the labours-- just say it is all "but for a moment." With this before the heart we shall reach out for that which abideth, which shall never pass away, which remaineth.
And soon will come a moment when all will changed. Blessed moment for which God's Saints still wait-- and wait not in vain! "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye..." (1Cor 15:51-52.) It will be just for a moment, as brief as the twinkling of an eye, when the shout comes from above to call us into His presence to meet Him face to face, to behold the unseen things, to enter the home, which we shall never leave. That is power for the way, to look upon all things down here as passing away, but for a moment; to expect daily that moment, when in the twinkling of an eye, we shall see Him as He is. Then as this is real before our hearts, the passing things and the abiding things, we shall live for Him and serve Him and obey Him.
Originally Published in Our Hope Magazine, Volume 27.
CRM Editor's Note:
And I would like to further add that it is by His power alone that we live the Christian life. Surely our trials are but a passing shadow in light of eternity. May we then, as we journey on the pilgrim's path, look toward the bright future-- where our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, shall rule and reign-- and we shall reign with Him forever! (2 Timothy 2:12)
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.