2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJV

For our light afflictions, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things that are seen are temporary, but the things that are not seen are eternal.

Let’s break this verse down to make it understandable.

For our light afflictions

When our suffering is contrasted with Jesus’ suffering on the cross, we soon realize just how small they are in comparison!

Which is but for a moment

God’s plan is for us to live with Him for eternity, therefore, the brief time we have on earth is only the smallest amount of time, when compared to eternity. Now thing about how brief these current trails are in compared with your entire life, they are really very brief!

Is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory

Romans 8:28 comes to mind here “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

While we do not look at the things which are seen

We should not focus on our current condition, situation or struggles

But at the things which are not seen

Instead we focus on Jesus Christ, what he’s done for us, our freedom in Christ, the promises of eternal life with Him and having our every desire met to our satisfaction in eternity. Watching carefully that we try to live pleasing lives to God alone, knowing that mere man will never understand why we choose what we do.

For the things that are seen are temporary…

Everything we seen here now, is all temporary and not lasting. It will all fade away.

but the things that are not seen are eternal.

Watching carefully that we try to live pleasing lives to God alone, knowing that mere man will never understand why we choose what we do. When you know you’re following God, obey what the Spirit teaches, casting off your old nature and purposely

walking in the Spirit, you are rewarded by God in heaven.

©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade. Author of ThinkOnItBibleDevotions.com and BeingWomenOfInfluence.com websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: Topics about Christian life and Bible readings » Archive » 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJV
  2. Patrice
    Nov 02, 2015 @ 15:52:24

    This devotional made me think of my brother and my dad. At my dad’s service in March of 2014, one of the scriptures read was 2 Corinthians 4:17. The Romans 8 passage was read at my brother’s service in 2009. It is interesting to find both messages in the same devotional. Yet, maybe it is not really that ironic. They both coincide. This is a really good message. Thank you.

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