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Jan 2021

Light and Momentary

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

This Sunday, we will be introducing a new song to our gathering, Light and Momentary, by For All Seasons. Based on 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, this song is a powerful encouragement to know that whatever trouble we are going through, it pales in comparison to the hope we have in our eternal glory. Yet often, when reading verses like this, it is easy to imagine that it cannot apply to our own lives. Our troubles rarely seem “light and momentary,” usually our troubles are burdens and afflictions that weigh on our hearts and prey on our minds.

The clue to how Paul can view his troubles as light and momentary comes from what he has fixed his eyes on: the eternal glory that far outweighs them all. I can scarcely imagine the joy of heaven, but one thing I can be sure of is that when I’ve been there for an eternity, with an eternity still to go, I will look back on my life and see that even during the worst of times, my troubles were light and momentary compared to a glory beyond all comparison.

If we look around us to what is “seen,” when we look at the dire circumstances many of us find ourselves in, and the unstable foundations many of us have built our lives upon; when we are hurting like we’ve never hurt before, when we run out of tears, when pain is added to pain, and all that was once so bright is now dark, and the God we once seemed to trust seems far away from us, and we find nothing but despair in our souls; when everything is difficult, and hard to bear, and there is so little hope in this broken world, we must turn and fix our eyes on Jesus Christ, and the eternity we will spend with him, where there will be no more tears, no suffering, no pain, and no sin.

We don’t deny the pain and suffering around us, instead we seek consolation and comfort in God, who joins us in our suffering. But more than simply joining us in our suffering, he carries us through it:

He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. – Isaiah 40:11

This is our God, who during times of suffering and anguish, stoops and lifts us during times of suffering and anguish. This is our God, who is unseen, eternal, and unchanging. When everything around me fails, God doesn’t. He cannot. Here are the lyrics to this timely song:

We remember when the miracles still won’t come
You’re the answer, Your cross is still enough
We remember when we lose our sight from the tears we cry
You’re the answer, Your cross is still enough

We hold tight to the promise of new life
Our hope in Jesus Christ will never fail or fall
These light and momentary trials are gaining us a prize
That far outweighs them all

We remember when the calm won’t come, when we feel unloved
You’re the answer, Your cross is still enough
We remember when the lies take hold and the doubts won’t go
You’re the answer, Your cross is still enough

There’s nothing in this life that I could lose
That ever could compare to having You

Take heart Redemption Hill, our troubles are light and momentary things, even though they weigh us down and pain us greatly. God’s Word never denies the reality of suffering, but it points us to our suffering God who joins with us, shares our pain, shares our anguish, and then dies for us so that we might gain an eternal glory. Take heart Redemption Hill, for the God who seems so far away is carrying you close to his heart, and no one can pluck you out from his hands, not even yourself. Take heart Redemption Hill, though you despair of life itself, God is the God who raises the dead, and he loves you with a fierce and unquenchable love. Take heart Redemption Hill, for you shall soon see Jesus face to face, and all wrongs of this world will be righted, and all pain will be but a distant memory. Take heart Redemption Hill, and fix your eyes not on what you see, but on the unseen, and find God to be all your comfort and joy. Take heart Redemption Hill, in Christ there is mercy and tenderness, and a great and abiding love. He died for you, how much more will he shepherd you now. Take heart!

You can listen to Light and Momentary by watching the video below, and you can purchase and download the full song by clicking here.


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