(II Cor. 4:17-18)
Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal, but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting (II Cor.18). Guided by faith in YAHSHUA and in His promises, sufferings are but a short breath in this earthly life. It is nothing to fret about when our focus is on heaven, our future home for which we groan with expectation. Sufferings are necessary in this earthly life, because the glory which will be revealed to us is measured by the intensity of our sufferings here. As someone has said, suffering is the precursor of glory. The Apostle Paul, the writer of this letter, well understood what sufferings were all about, since he experienced all kinds of degrees of suffering. His written words of comfort and hope came from the heart under the direction of the Holy Spirit for that time when we all have to go through our own suffering. So in the midst of our sufferings it is good to re-direct our mind to heaven. That will be to us a refreshing time of renewal of our faith, since faith regulates the believers walk, leading them upward where our Lord YAHSHUA is seated at the right hand of the Father.