2 Corinthians 4:16-18—For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 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.
The Apostle is saying this because, through his team’s ministry, more and more people were experiencing the grace of God. That in turn was showing off the wonderful attributes of God. Even though they died to their own self-life day after day, they knew that when they were raised from the dead, it would all be more than worth it. They had an eternal perspective. Knowing this caused them to not lose heart in the midst of physical adversity. The outward was wasting away, but inwardly there was daily renewal. That sacrifice was earning them eternal reward. He calls the sacrifice “light and momentary”. If being shipwrecked, overnight in the ocean, beaten and left for dead, scourged with whips, in stocks in jail and much more is “light and momentary”, then what are the little things you and I go through? How did Paul endure all that? He kept his vision on the unseen. He focused on the eternal glory that would far outweigh what he was presently experiencing. He knew that if you put these temporary troubles on one side and eternal reward on the other, the scale would tip so hard and fast that troubles would be launched into orbit! His focus was the unseen. That is faith, and faith pleases God. The visible is temporary. The unseen is eternal. That alone should give us a point of reference, a reality check, for whatever we endure in this life. Whatever you are going through today, remember, it is temporary. Don’t lose heart.