Groaning

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 10:08 -- Joyce Long

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” 2 Corinthians 4:17

I found a page that I had clipped from an old Daily Bread. It said, “Our only hope for complete relief from hardship is to be with Jesus in Heaven. Until then, we either groan or pretend we don't.”

I am groaning now – I have an extreme ache deep in my heart. It is robbing me of my joy, but it is a private pain that I cannot share because of whom it would expose. Instead I groaned to God on paper. He knows all about it, but I continue to beg for relief; writing the words like a letter gives me some release. I know that this affliction is working for me eternal glory. It is a light affliction when compared with Christ's suffering on earth and the cross. It is a short affliction in the span of eternity. Though I want to be relieved, I know it is changing me and driving me to Christ. I will not feel like this always; glory follows suffering! I long for Heaven where wrongs will be made right and former things will pass away.

If you have something to groan about, groan. Pretending is a mask! Just be careful to whom you groan – God is the safest place.

~Elizabeth Lapp

Women's Devotional Image 2011-10-11 06:08