Summary: Pain, in our lives, is temporary as well as wealth and those who are injust provoking suffering.

Your Situation Is Very Temporary! Focus on the Eternal! By Kelly Durant

1 Peter 1:23-25

23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

2 Corinthians 4:18

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.

2. Did you ever think like me as a kid? You smash your finger really hard and it is swollen and hurts so bad it takes you forever to go to sleep because of the throbbing and you just wish your accident would not be real? Then you wake up and to your horror your finger is still pulsating and hurting? You hoped your pain was just a nightmare that would be gone by the next day but instead you have to endure many days of pain until it heals. Have you gone through these types of things in your life? But thank God the finger healed and you no longer think about it!

All of us without a doubt have to endure things we detest in life. Sometimes pain is from your physical hurt body and other times pain is from your mind when you see no light at the end of the tunnel. And then other times pain comes from compassion and empathy; a transferring of despair injected into your being from the sufferings that another is enduring. Pain or oppression may be produced by cruel people not of God as well.

I do not like pain and thank God the word of God helps me get through it! 2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” So when you pray, remind yourself that whatever it is you are going through is just “but for a moment”. In life nothing is easy but remind yourself that God has something better for you after it all passes! All things in this world are temporary, be they living quarters, driver’s licenses, or clothing styles. Speaking of passing, first let’s determine the nature of how temporary all things are!

3. The problem we have as humans is a perception one; a lack of a big picture perception. In the forest we often only see one big tree and we think all things will remain as they currently are forever and that we are going to be here on earth years without end. How easily we blindly forget that this world is not our home; that we are just passing through.

Problems or prosperity are very temporary! Look at it this way, losses come quickly! How many people gather their millions of dollars thinking they will always have them? Sadly some people gain prosperity by evil deeds, ripping off investors or tax paid money, ripping off their workers, even a few evil preachers rip off faithful givers, and others a few blocks from here are selling drugs or exploiting children and women as slaves in the sex trade! But how many times do we witness that these same rich people die young or lose it all! Jesus spoke about this. The wealth of the rich in Jesus time has pretty much vanished, right? Only Roman ruins remain in bankrupted Italy! No dynasty of Herod or Cesar lives today with wealth from their forefathers.

Luke 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

There are many warnings in God’s Holy scriptures to the oppressive, ungenerous rich who invoke suffering. Commenting on this topic I am not referring to those who have wealth by God’s blessings because they worked hard to get it. I just wish to emphasize that wealth frequently tends to be very temporary! Jesus told the young rich ruler to “sell all that you have and give to the poor” but he failed the test. Jesus had compassion on the poor since the wealth of many is too extreme and excessive. It has always been this way in throughout history. Here I found a chart to show you just how rich the rich are in the USA. (see chart). James 5:1 “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.” Why this warning? Jesus wants all to invest in the eternal kingdom of God which is an investment you will never loose! The main idea is that one must support God’s work in a manner that alleviates the pain and suffering of others!

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