For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV)
Cancer took his life. He lived through tough times in his short life and he died an awful death. During his final weeks, the pain was constant, and at times it was intense. The worst pain attacked his body, mind, and spirit in the final weeks as his liver failed, his lungs filled with fluid, and the strength left his body. But Matthew taught many people about living with joy while living with pain. When we hurt in our bodies or in our hearts, pain seems to go on forever. But pain does not have the final word. Throughout the pain Matthew remained unworried, he lived in the truth of today’s scripture. Compared to the extraordinary glory of everlasting life, his pain was “light and momentary.” Sometimes the pain we are facing is more than we can bear in our own strength. But God’s strength in our pain is much greater than ours. As humans many things are impossible, but when we turn and keep our eyes fixed on God, “all things are possible” (Mark 10:27). That’s the kind of confidence that is at the heart of Christian joy!