Monday, June 3, 2013

Truth or Lie #21: My Suffering Will Not Last Forever

Truth:    My suffering will not last forever.

Lie:         My suffering won’t ever end.

I admit.

While this truth is a comfort, it sometimes doesn’t sit well.

Maybe you’re there, too.

Yes, we know one day – for all eternity – suffering and pain and hopelessness and discouragement will all be passed away. No more crying or death or disappointment. No more affliction. No more struggle. No more battle and tears.

But, if you’re like me, you want the suffering to end sooner than that.

You want the tears and pain and disappointment to end now.

It feels like it will never end.  And maybe it won’t this side of eternity.

But the truth is. . . “The sufferings of this present time are not to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)

The truth is. . . though it seems long and never-ending, suffering is only “for a moment” (2 Cor. 4:17) when looked at in comparison to an eternity completely free from suffering.

Eternity is a long time.  Forever is a long time.

And our suffering will not last forever.

Maybe our suffering won’t end this side of eternity.
Maybe it will.

But there is hope in knowing that for the longest part of our lives, suffering won’t even exist.

So if you’re like me and now seems like forever, take comfort in the truth that forever is much longer than we can imagine. It will be better than we can imagine. It will be free from suffering.

Be okay with tears now.

They will not last forever.

“Never give up in the desert. You don’t know how wide it is, and you may be almost across." -- Donald Whitney

Photo by Tony Morrell. Used by permission.


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