Pain Keeps Me Looking Ahead
Ever been to a little league game or a junior high basketball game and seen a parent go ballistic? As he or she curses the refs and berate the coaches, you just want to go up and say, “Hey, calm down! It’s just a game!”
In love, God lets us struggle and suffer sometimes so that we don’t become too emotionally attached to this world. He wants us to realize that we’re only camping here, just passing through. His master plan: to patch us up and keep us moving along, but then ultimately to re-create an entirely new universe and to remake us as well.
Thanks to our Savior Jesus, our real life lies ahead in the future.
Soon, soon he will take us to this new heavenly home, a place without suffering, tears, or dying. St. Paul rejoiced to be able to comfort troubled souls like you and me with this promise: “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17,18)
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.