Troubles and problems! We all have them. It seems we no sooner conquer one then another comes along. Therefore, it seems like they never end.

Whether they be related to finances, relationships or our health, it seems they are always there. So, how can we look at this inevitable part of life with hope, assurance and confidence? How can we view our troubles and problems with the right perspective and come through them with a positive mindset?

The New Testament book of 2 Corinthians 4:17 sheds some light on this subject as it says, “Our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce an immeasurably great glory that will last forever. Don’t look at the troubles you see right now; look forward to what is not seen. For the troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”

Here, we can see that compared to eternity, our problems are really not as big as they appear to be and are temporary at best. Better yet, they build qualities like perseverance and character in us that make us stronger in the long run. Furthermore, we are not to focus on our troubles, the things we see around us, but we are to focus on what we don’t see at the present moment, that being an eternal future that is free of difficulty and pain.

In reality, our troubles don’t last very long. They fade.

So when you encounter troubles and problems, remember that they are only temporary compared to your eternal future. You will get through them. They will eventually come to an end and you do have a glorious trouble-free, eternal future ahead!

Candee Armbruster is a resident of Cresaptown and writes occasional faith-based columns for the Times-News.

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