Have you ever thought about who from the Bible you want to meet when you enter into heaven? I have a long list, but one of those people is Paul. I love Paul. Why? Because he faced unimaginable circumstances, yet his attitude throughout all his suffering was just amazing. The reality is that Paul faced more suffering than most human will ever face today.
Romans 8:18 says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Paul realized that the future glory that would be revealed within him outweighed all of his sufferings. Have you ever considered that the suffering you are facing now is not even comparable to the glory that will be revealed in you?
What does that even mean? The term “glory” is used to describe the manifestation of God’s presence. The hebrew word for glory is “weight” or “heaviness,” both referring to the majesty of God. The greek word means “radiant beauty” or “splendor.” So, God’s presence, majesty and splendor will be revealed in you and that is worth every trial you face. Isn’t that powerful to think about? Notice this verse doesn’t say his glory will be revealed to you, but in you. The literal presence of God will be in you as you face suffering.
I will admit, I feel like I can’t fully understand the full meaning of this verse and that kind of mystery excites me. There are not enough adequate words to emphasize how beautiful and powerful the glory of God revealed in us will be. But my take away is this: nothing you face here on earth compares to the price that Jesus paid to save you, the glory that will be revealed within you and the everlasting joy that will come the moment you enter heaven.
If you don’t know this, I love to work out and compete in races so I want to give a practical example that might help you better understand this verse. Many times while competing in a race I have wanted to quit, and I often wonder during the race why I chose to subject myself to such pain. However, the feeling of crossing the finish line and receiving a medal always outweighs the pain and weariness I experience during the race. Your hardships here on earth are the same way; when you enter a trial, you have to weigh what you are going through now against the promised glory that will be revealed once your trial is complete. And even though you can’t see it now, you can trust that the future glory will all be worth the pain and difficulties that you are facing now.
Whew. Isn’t that just such good stuff? I feel like I say this every post, but if you make the choice to allow it (because yes, the decision is up to you), your suffering will bring you closer to God, and the glory of God will be revealed within you when you come out on the other side of every trial you face. Whatever you are facing in this season, know that the pain is never too great and the trial is never too big. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for you to live an abundant life, and even though you will face trials, the suffering that you endure for Christ while here on earth will all be worth it. Until that glorious day when you are in heaven, seek God in every trouble that you encounter since a life surrendered to him will result in victory over your trials through his power and presence.
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