Romans 8:18 “For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
Suffering is the state of undergoing pain, distress or hardship. I wouldn’t have considered this time to be a time of suffering, but after reading this definition, I realized that dealing with stress during these strange times of the unknown is definitely a time of suffering. But imagine as we watch social media and the news and see the happenings across the world of people sick, dying or quarantined; the fear people have of contracting this virus; the scrambling to purchase food and other necessities….just in case we are locked down or cannot find these items. We sense an air of suffering and fear throughout the world. It is like a dark cloud has covered the earth.
Understanding the words of this verse puts the present problems in their right perspective. We must expect sufferings in life, but the amazing truth of the coming glory makes any current suffering seem light in comparison. It’s a matter of where your focus is, on the world or on God.
I am thankful that God gave us His Word so that we could, in times of trouble or suffering, find truth and strength and encouragement to keep our focus on the one true living God. That we could find our hope in Him, not a government, not a cure, not in anything this world has to offer.
It is in times of trouble that we seem to press into God and seek Him more diligently than we did in times of peace. God has allowed this time of uncertainty in our world for us to slow down and listen to His voice.
So for just a moment, close your eyes and imagine the glory of God that will be revealed to us on the day we see Him or the day Jesus returns, whichever comes first. Let your imagination run wild.