Suffering vs. Glory
01/05/18 08:22 PM Filed in: Christian Living
This life can be painful, difficult, hard and discouraging at times, can it not? I know from personal experience that all of the above are true.
Yet, how easy it is to forget the reality of the goodness, kindness and love of our God to us in the midst of hardship.
With this in mind, let's break down a verse from Romans 8
that has been on my mind recently.
"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." - Romans 8:18
This verse is practically right in the middle of Romans 8
. This chapter starts off with the words "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" and concludes with "nothing can separate us from the love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:1, 35-39)
The first thing we can note from verse 18 is suffering is temporal.
Our lives on this sin-cursed earth do not go on forever. One day they will come to an end and for us as believers, that will be a day of rejoicing.
Why? Because of the second thing we can note from this verse.Glory is forever for God's children.
With this perspective in mind, we could compare suffering to a feather and glory to a mountain.
Truly, today's problems are worth nothing compared to eternal glory.
Compared to God's forever glory waiting for us in Heaven, suffering is short and small.We as God's children know the best is yet to come. This world full of suffering and sin is not our home!
Think about that.No, I'm serious, think about what you just read. Let's slow down from our fast track lives, be still and consider those statements.
If you are anything like me, slowing down is difficult, and it is easy to get hung up on the present, rather than the future God has in store for us.
By the grace of God, let's take our eyes off our light and momentary afflictions and fix our eyes on the glorious reality our God has in store for us!
By no means am I negating the difficulty of this life, but let us keep a proper perspective.
Finally, yes, the waiting and suffering on this earth while we anticipate that glorious day is still hard. Yet, the Lord has not left us alone. He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us in our weakness and intercede for us.
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans." - Romans 8:26
Cry out to Him today!