by: Gracepoint Church
Paul, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, makes an incredible statement in Romans 8:18: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Now, if you know anything about the life of Paul, he suffered tremendously for the gospel of the grace of God. He was beaten, given stripes by the Jews five times, shipwrecked, in many perils, carried the burden of the ministry, abandoned by friend and foe alike, imprisoned and even stoned and left for dead. Yet, he called these sufferings a “light affliction” in II Corinthians 4:17 and in the text above he calls his sufferings not worthy to be compared to what the Lord has for us in glory! What an amazing statement!
We live in a “present evil world” and suffering is something that we all must face and endure at times. Paul wrote in Romans 8:22: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” Oh, how these words have come into laser focus during 2020! With bad news being broadcast continually in the media and society seemingly facing a new crisis almost daily, it is easy for the child of God to be discouraged. Many Christians have faced very difficult challenges from sickness, to isolation, to the loss of a loved one, job losses and not being able to worship and fellowship with one another in corporate worship.
Yet, even in the most difficult circumstances those in Christ have hope! We have a heavenly home and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ! Paul concludes Romans 8 with these words in verses 37 – 39: “Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (38) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, (39) Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So if you are suffering today and are ready to give up, be encouraged, knowing that we have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
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I was thinking tonight about how unworthy of the Lord's love I am. I am a sinner, and I thank the Lord for his Gift of Salvation!