Dear Friend, today I'd like to remind you that this will not last forever. I know, some of you have situations that prompt you to say, "But Kay, this will last forever. This situation, this burden, this conflict, this physical problem...it's not going anywhere. It will last forever."
But here are two caveats to that assumption.
First of all, nothing on this earth, except for the souls of people who have been redeemed by Christ, will last forever. And while ten more years, 25 more years, may seem like forever, in comparison to the eternity of bliss Christ is preparing for us right now, those years are a blip on the screen.
There will be a day when every trial will end, every difficulty will be resolved and every burden will be lifted. This will not last forever.
But secondly, if you insist (as I often do) on focusing on the exhausting length of the trials some of us face on this earth, still this is not going to last forever.
The situation may not change, the burden may not be lifted from your shoulders and the conflict may not resolve. But you will change. Your will become stronger and more adept at carrying the burden (which you don't carry alone any how). And you will become wiser and more capable of navigating the conflict.
So while the situation may not change and indeed may "last forever." The pain you are experiencing from it now, the weariness that it presents, the confusion it causes, and the fog it has left you in will not last forever.
Be of good courage, my friend. God has promised that He is working something mighty big and beautiful in your struggles.
For momentary, light affliction
is producing for us an eternal weight of glory
far beyond all comparison,
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.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
God wastes nothing in your life. If you are experiencing the pain of a difficult circumstance, He will use that pain to bring great, glorious gain. Press on, dear friend. God is at work.
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