SUFFERING AND GLORY

Scripture Reading:  Romans 8:18-25

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”  (Romans 8:18)

You need to read this verse several times before you can grasp the tremendous truth found in it.  We are being told that ALL the suffering of this present time pales to insignificance when we consider the glory that will be revealed to us when we see Jesus Christ face to face.  Think of all the suffering  we have experienced ourselves.  Add to that all the suffering we have seen others experience.  Then add to that all the suffering that we do not know about that others across the world are facing — that is a lot of suffering!

We are also being told that the glory we will experience one day far outweighs all the suffering we know.  We will behold the glory of God and we ourselves will be glorified.  Suffering is part of our preparation for glory.  Go back to chapter 5 — “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (Romans 5:3,4).  The “hope” Paul is referring to is the hope of glory!

The afflictions we suffer produce in us a great expectation of glory — “So we do not lose heart.  Though our other nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.  For this momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (II Corinthians 4:16,17).

When we face suffering, we must have the right perspective.  We can choose to concentrate on our sufferings or we can focus on the ultimate glory that God promises to reveal to us.  No matter how severe, the sufferings of this world are nothing compared to the glory of Christ.  And one day we will behold His glory!

Lord Jesus, I long for the day when I will see Your glory.  I know that all the suffering I experience on this earth is momentary and light compared to the eternal and weighty glory that I will one day experience.  Help me keep my perspective right when I am called to suffer or I see the sufferings of the ones I love.  Let me remember that Your glory awaits me.

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