Yesterday my post was on perseverance… hanging in when the going gets tough. This morning’s post is a continuation of that.
In II Corinthians 4, the apostle Paul says, “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.”
Think about the last sentence… Paul says, “for our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.” Now, I DO NOT intend to minimize anything anyone is going through. So please don’t read that in this post. There are some people who are going through tremendous suffering and pain and I am by no means minimizing that.
However, some of us are experiencing some trials or adversity that, when looked at from the correct perspective, while it may uncomfortable… it is minor compared to what others are facing. In our text Paul says, “… our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.” Paul was facing real and literal persecution. Yet, he says “…our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.”
I grew up in rural Louisiana.. the East Fork community… at times we would talk with someone who maybe was experiencing some medical problems or some other type of problem. When we got away from that person, Daddy would say something like, “We don’t have any problems compared to those folks.”
He was right… yes, we had some problems but nothing that compared to others. Maybe you are going through some adversity… some tough times… Paul experienced the same. But Paul said, “Our present troubles are small…”.
Again, there are some people who are going through TOUGH times. I have friends who have lost children… friends who have medical problems or other problems. I am not referring to those. But, at times we can get frustrated about something that may be an inconvenience more than anything else. Paul said, “our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.”
Maybe we should remember the serenity prayer;
“God grant me the wisdom to accept the things I cannot change;
Change the things I can;
And the wisdom to know the difference.”