Affliction

2 Corinthians 4:16-17
"Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." 2 Cor. 4:16, 17.
"Affliction" worketh "glory"; "our light affliction" worketh an "exceeding... weight of glory." Every word is a marked and beautiful antithesis. Strange to say, the Apostle describes the glory by an old earthly metaphor, by the very metaphor he used to apply to his affliction; he calls it a weight. We speak of a weight of care, a weight of sorrow, a weight of anxiety; but a weight of glory! Surely that is a startling symbol.
"Far more exceeding" the heavenly glory, Sufferings here with it cannot compare. Glory eternal the guerdon of anguish, Radiant crowns for the thorns, over there.