Paul describes his afflictions in the fourth chapter of 2 Corinthians. He is “afflicted …, but not crushed; perplexed, but not destroyed,” etc. He continues, “we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.”
Then in verse 17 he says, “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond comparison.”
Notice the contrast in this verse:
I have to admire Paul’s perspective on his sufferings. The momentary shall be replaced by the lasting; the ephemeral shall be swallowed up in the substantial; and suffering is producing splendor.
Speaking on glory at the end of the previous chapter, Paul wrote, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18).
It’s like James says in the opening of his epistle: “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
I ought to be of good courage as a Christian. God in his desire that I lack nothing and resemble the Lord Jesus Christ is carefully ordaining suffering for me.