Monthly Archives: November 2006

Light and momentary

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:

momentary -> eternal
light -> weight
affliction -> glory

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.

Food, Shelter and High Speed Internet

Well, the apartment we now live in has WiFi, but to get any sort of connection, I have to stand with my laptop on the building’s 2nd floor balcony. And it tends to go completely kaput between the hours of 10AM and 7PM. We have a telephone, but it’s a “party line” shared with the teacher in the apartment next door–and any anybody else who happens to be passing through to stay in one of the other units.

This kinda makes blogging, or for that matter just about anything else I do for work or leisure, rather difficult.

I think I’ll spend the rest of the evening chipping the ice out of the freezer compartment of our mini fridge.