Today is a reflection day.
Romans thus far (chapters 1-8) has given us much to reflect upon. I had previously underlined 8:18…
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Ever experienced suffering that is over the top? Maybe it was physical pain or grief, fear or rejection. Maybe it is a reality today. The words of this verse remind us that, no matter how awful, the sufferings of this life are puny. They are not even worth comparing to the glory to come. It is an odd statement, because when I read it I am moved to imagine the glory to be revealed and then to begin to compare. Obviously the glory is huge, overwhelming and vast – and by comparison my suffering today is nothing. Think of the glory. We will see Him as He is. We will see Jesus in beauty indescribable. Colors, light, brilliance and unfading perfection. Joy and song and awesome majesty. As the song says, “I can only imagine.” And whatever I imagine, it will be bigger and better. Our immediate suffering is so inconsequential it does not merit another thought. Wow.
in Him, Mike