Romans 8:18 ESV

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

This week I did something I usually try to avoid: I paid far too much attention to the news. Watching the news can be utterly depressing; it can overwhelm us with the realities of this broken world. But, this world will not get the last say; that’s what we see in Romans 8:18. Here Paul is referring to the consummation of the gospel. He’s speaking of when Jesus will make all things new. He’s talking about the glory of God incarnate, with His people, free from sin, and pain, and death. That’s why the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to all that is going to be revealed to us.

Have you ever had a horrible dream; a dream that seemed so real that it was almost too much to bear? A dream where someone you care about deeply died? Have you ever had a dream like that and then you wake up? What do you feel when you wake up? Well, at first you may be upset and confused; but then, when you hear that person’s voice and you realize it was all a dream you feel joy, you feel overwhelming relief. The burdened that you were carrying just seems to lift off, and you are filled with delight… Why? Because, all of those sad things that you were just going through came untrue. All of the grief, all of the loss, all of the pain came untrue in an instant. Beloved, that’s how it will be when Jesus makes all things new; that’s how it will be in the resurrection. All of our mourning will turn to joy, all of our grief, all of our pain will be undone, and death will die. The nail-scarred hands of Jesus will wipe our tear stained eyes, and we will weep no more…

None of our suffering is meaningless because it’s all working towards that. This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. It’s doing something! There is purpose in our suffering! There is a good God who is in control working in and through our suffering to bring about His good purposes; and His good purposes will one day undo all that is wrong in this world, and we will get to live forever in perfect joy with Jesus. So take heart, suffering does not compare with the glory that is to be revealed to us…

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick