“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us
an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”
2 Corinthians 4:17
Affliction is a highly effective tool which God uses to sanctify His people and here's a few of the ways He accomplishes that:
Affliction drives us to dependence: “My eye has wasted away because of affliction; I have called upon You every day, O LORD” Psalm 88: 9Affliction drives us to obedience: “Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.” Psalm 119:67
Affliction purifies us: “For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined.” Psalm 66:10Affliction is humbling: ” for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me–to keep me from exalting myself!” 2 Corinthians 12:7Affliction is not just all about us. There are purposes that reach beyond our own sanctification. Because of our affliction we can bring glory to God by comforting others who suffer similarly. (2 Corinthians 1:4)
Best of all, we have our ever present dear Jesus who remains our constant Friend and comforter who completely understands all of our sufferings. May His grace and peace abound to you today!
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16