2Cor. 4:17 Amp. For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!
Glory is what we need, our lives were made for it, our future depends on it. Paul is the perfect example of the sustaining power of the glory of God. Paul was whipped with a Roman whip five times, beaten with rods three times, stoned and left for dead, and ship wrecked. He, above all people, knew about trials and tribulations. He also knew how he was able to continue with joy regardless of what he faced, his secret was the experience of the glory of God. He said that the momentary light afflictions of this life can’t be compared to the glory we experience in Christ. Here is how Albert Barnes describes this passage.
“There is not to be found anywhere a more energetic expression than this. The Greek word used here means, properly, a throwing, casting, or throwing beyond. In the New Testament it means excess, excellence, eminence. The phrase means exceedingly, super-eminently. This expression would have been by itself intensive in a high degree. But this was not sufficient to express Paul’s sense of the glory which was laid up for Christians. It was not enough for him to use the ordinary highest expression for the superlative to denote the value of the object in his eye. He therefore coins an expression, and adds εις υπερβολην. It is not merely eminent, but it is eminent unto eminence; excess unto excess; a hyperbole unto hyperbole—one hyperbole heaped on another; and the expression means that it is “exceeding exceedingly” glorious; glorious in the highest possible, “infinitely exceeding.” You may pass from one degree to another; from one sublime height to another; but still an infinity remains beyond.”
Maybe you are facing difficulties in life today, all of us do. How you respond in the midst of your trial is critical. Tasting the glory of the future world for himself was Paul’s solution. It started for him on the Damascus Road and continued throughout his life as he strengthened himself in the Lord, praying in the Holy Spirit. That’s the secret, pray in the Spirit. As you do you will taste heaven for yourself and that taste of heaven will be all you need.