Romans 8:18–25 (ESV)
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know
that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Today’s reading is powerful.
I am only going to focus on one verse, because it is too easy to just gloss over it and miss the gem that it really is. It is the first verse in the reading. Read it a little slower and take it in. “18 For I consider that the sufferings
of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” We too often focus on the poor pitiful me’s when we need to stop and take a look at ourselves and what we have. Well... what do we have?
As a Christian, I have faith, forgiveness, eternal life, salvation, and heaven itself. When I go to heaven, there will be no tears, no sorrows, no thirst, no hunger, no sickness, no sin... and we will live in the presence of God. This will be absolutely
wonderful... actually beyond words. So... focus on this instead of whatever is going on in your life. Don’t let storms, trials, sufferings, etc.. get in your way. It is not worth comparing a 1 month trial, or 6 months of sufferings,
or a 3 year storm... to eternity in heaven.
I pray: O Lord, help me to focus not on myself, but on you. Help me to not take the precious gifts you have given me for granted. Amen.