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)
This is a staggering statement! All the suffering of this present time is not worth comparing with the glory that we will experience one day in the future. Two realities are revealed in this verse. First, we must have a realistic view of this present time. We will face suffering in this world. Jesus stated it clearly — “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). We should not be surprised when suffering comes. We live in this broken, fallen world and we will face suffering.
Second, we must have a realistic view of the future. All the suffering of this present time is not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Paul is referring to the second coming of Christ, the day of resurrection, the new heavens and new earth. But far greater he is talking about the glory of Christ. One day we will behold Him face to face. We will see His glory.
Jesus prayed these words to His Father — “Father, I desire that they also whom You have given Me, may be with Me where I am, to see My glory that You have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). The Father will answer that prayer. We will behold the glory of Christ one day. We will see His beauty, that which David longed to see — “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in HIs temple” (Psalm 27:4). Yes, we will see the glory Moses begged God to show Him — “Please show me Your glory” (Exodus 33:18). Moses was not allowed to see the full glory of God then; he was only given a glimpse while he was on this earth. Now He sees it and so will we one day.
Whatever suffering we experience on this earth is nothing compared to the glory that we will see one day. We must live each day with these two realities in mind — the sufferings of this present time and the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Lord Jesus, I anxiously await the day when I can behold Your glory. I long to see what David and Moses now see. I long to gaze upon Your beauty and to behold Your glory. While I am on this earth, I know that I will face times of suffering. But whatever suffering I face here on earth fades to insignificance to the glory that I will see when I see You face to face.
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