2 Corinthians 4:15-18 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 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.
If we were to start reading in verse seven we would notice that tribulation has two sides. It is like looking at a coin. Depending on your point of reference depends on whether you are looking at heads or tails. The one thing I think we overlook regarding tribulation is that God makes a channel through which He provides us grace. The reason we can be troubled but not distressed, perplexed but not in despair, persecuted but not forsaken, and cast down but not destroyed is because of God’s amazing grace. The experience of God’s grace through tribulation is what allows us the ability to see the other side of the coin.
Grace is necessary. Without it we only see the thorn. Without grace we cannot see that God uses our imperfections, weaknesses, and difficulties as the avenue to display His greatest strengths. Just imagine, our tribulation is God’s platform to display the power of His amazing grace. I, for one, wish God would utilize another means other than tribulation. At the same time, who am I to understand the mind of God?
I think much of the time we view temptation as God’s way of breaking us down. I believe God teaches us through this verse that tribulation opens the channel of God’s grace that actually builds us up. It is all a matter of the point of reference. Do we see it from our viewpoint or do we see it from God’s?