Heaven will be sweeter for the misery

From Paul to Adoniram Judson:

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.  17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison . . . {2Cor 4:16-17 NAS}

In Dr. Judson’s house in Burma some friends were speculating on the highest form of happiness which could arise from outward circumstances, and each fortified his own opinion by the judgment of some authority. ‘Pooh,’ said Dr. Judson who had been recalling his terrible imprisonment in Ava, ‘these men were not qualified to judge. What do you think of floating down the Irrawadi, on a cool, moonlight evening, with your wife by your side, and your baby in your arms, free, all free? But you cannot understand it, either; it needs a twenty-one months’ qualification; and I can scarcely regret my twenty-one months of misery when I recall that one delicious thrill. I think I have had a better appreciation of what heaven may be ever since.’ -David McIntyre, The Hidden Life of Prayer


Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Lead pastor at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian, theological Luddite, and long-suffering Atlanta Falcons fan. A student of one book.

One thought on “Heaven will be sweeter for the misery”

  1. Amen! Well said.


    Life has many choices, eternity has only two.

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