Suffering

IT WILL BE MORE THAN FINE

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 ESV

RELEVANT SCRIPTURES

Romans 8:19
The creation waits in eager expectation for the revelation of the sons of God.

2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light and temporary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that far outweighs our troubles.

Colossians 3:4
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

1 Peter 4:13
But rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory.

SELECT COMMENTARY

Matthew Henry Commentary
8:18-25 The sufferings of the saints strike no deeper than the things of time, last no longer than the present time, are light afflictions, and but for a moment. How vastly different are the sentence of the word and the sentiment of the world, concerning the sufferings of this present time! Indeed the whole creation seems to wait with earnest expectation for the period when the children of God shall be manifested in the glory prepared for them. There is an impurity, deformity, and infirmity, which has come upon the creature by the fall of man. There is an enmity of one creature to another. And they are used, or abused rather, by men as instruments of sin. Yet this deplorable state of the creation is in hope. God will deliver it from thus being held in bondage to man’s depravity. The miseries of the human race, through their own and each other’s wickedness, declare that the world is not always to continue as it is. Our having received the first-fruits of the Spirit, quickens our desires, encourages our hopes, and raises our expectations. Sin has been, and is, the guilty cause of all the suffering that exists in the creation of God. It has brought on the woes of earth; it has kindled the flames of hell. As to man, not a tear has been shed, not a groan has been uttered, not a pang has been felt, in body or mind, that has not come from sin. This is not all; sin is to be looked at as it affects the glory of God. Of this how fearfully regardless are the bulk of mankind! Believers have been brought into a state of safety; but their comfort consists rather in hope than in enjoyment. From this hope they cannot be turned by the vain expectation of finding satisfaction in the things of time and sense. We need patience, our way is rough and long; but He that shall come, will come, though he seems to tarry.

MY PONDERING

In a sense, we are worms, caterpillars trudging along the earth prior to our great transformation which may be underway this day . Yes some day Christian, you will have wings like a beautiful monarch butterfly when we meet our eternal King.

Hope floats amid all the debris we encounter in this polluted and dangerous river of life. Though the current of sin steadily tugs and pulls us away, God’s undertones and perfect will cannot be thwarted.

No doubt there are times when our circumstance is difficult and stress stacks up but there is hope; heavenly promise of redemption and correction if we possess the true faith.

I am astounded that Paul writes, ‘not worth comparing’ and ‘eternal glory that far outweighs our troubles’.

Let us take heart and look to commencement of our 2nd life.

Pilgrim, this plagued earth is not our home, rather a temporary camp. We are in a war, mostly an invisible one. In 1 Peter 4:13 we read, ‘But rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory.’ Oh that is good news. We know not the outcome of our daily battles however we can and should take great comfort and boast in Jesus alone for He has and shall win it for us.

Rejoice!

MY PRAYER

Father God, my pain and separation are real. Life if hard at times. You have told me I have my cross to bear. Encourage me by Christ’s example. Oh what a beautiful moment it will be when His glory is fully revealed, the dross of my sin is removed, and I am transformed. SELAH! SHALOM ! AMEN!

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