“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
What a chaotic experience the last four months have been for the citizens of the United States. Political arguments, a pandemic, mask mandates, altercations with law enforcement and a plethora of other events have suffocated us and divided us as a nation. Conspiracy theories have consequently come into the picture, theories that many people now strongly believe – a belief that our once proud republic will soon convert to communism or the belief that we are in the midst of the rapture, as outlined in the book of Revelations. Perhaps our infighting is a sign of a changing political structure in this country and perhaps what is described in Revelations is playing out – only our loving God truly knows. Many might argue that we have suffered immensely, but Paul asserts that our current troubles, our current positions, our current sufferings in our lives will pale in comparison to all of the great things that lie ahead for us.
In his writings in Second Corinthians, Paul described his pains: hunger, thirst, torture, imprisonment, danger, and persecution. Yet, he says, “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). No amount of Paul’s current or past suffering could possibly commensurate with what good would be revealed to him at some future time to saved believers as heirs to God with Jesus Christ. In Christ, as God’s adopted heirs, we will fully experience God’s glory (Romans 6:23). Without Christ, we could never participate in His glory because of our sin (Romans 3:23). Everyday suffering comes with living in our sin-influencing world, but if we remain humble, compassionate to others, and if we live a straightforward lifestyle while confessing our sins through Christ and exhibiting remorse and a will to live and do better, we will share in the glories of God’s kingdom afterwards.
The pain we experience certainly is not minimized by Paul’s assertion, but it does put these pains in a different perspective. Our patience and trust in God will see us through to His promise of glory. So, while the events of our world continue to move in frenzied intensity, there is hope. There will be an end to this turmoil and there is the promise that bountiful glory lies ahead for each of us. We simply must look forward, not down nor backwards.
A prayer: Heavenly Father, there is so much happening in our lives at the moment. Changes seem to be taking place in every area of our lives, but our hopes and trust is in You. As we step out into the future, in the face of all of the changes and challenges that are taking place all around us, we pray that You will continue to be with us to lead and to guide, to help and to protect, to comfort and support. We cling to You, for You are the Rock of our Salvation. You are our Defense. You are our Defender.
We thank You, O Loving God, that in this world of flux and change, You are the same yesterday, today and forever. We thank You that You are with us in all the changing scenes and situations of our lives. We look forward to being with You forever basking in Your glory. We cling to You Lord, for our hopes and our futures are in You alone.
For it is in Your son, Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen.
Offered by Trey Earle
Our devotionals are sent by email on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, with an occasional lagniappe issue. Please look for these congregation devotionals in your email box at about 6:45 a.m. If you’d like to sign up to receive our mailings, please click here.