For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.Romans 8:18(NASB)
The world in which we live is a fallen world – a place of sufferings and trials and a time of heartaches and problems, a life of difficulties and sickness, a season of disappointments and death.
Afflictions and anguish stalk our path like a hungry pack of jackals and they are no respecter of persons or position, clime or creed, wise or foolish, young or old, believer or unbeliever. And if this were all that life offered to humanity, we would indeed be the most miserable of species, for we would remain dead in trespasses and sins, without God and without any hope in the world.
But this is a verse of contrasts. Suffering is placed alongside great glory, sadness is contrasted with lasting joy, despair is put in contradistinction with the glorious hope that is set before us while death is forever swallowed up in the abundance of everlasting life,
Suffering and all its aggressive associates pale into blinded insignificance when placed in their correct eternal perspective, for when laid alongside the truth of the gospel and the glory that shines forth from its eternal pages, they are not even worthy to be considered in the same breath as our reality in Christ and our eternal heavenly future.
Loving Father, thank you for Your wonderful words of wisdom in Scripture, and may I become so firmly grounded in the truth of Your Word and the glory that is revealed, that I can place the sufferings of this present time in their correct perspective, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.