Suffering and Glory
I certainly don’t have all the answers to the questions of suffering in the world. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that none of my suffering is wasted. Jesus reveals the whole concept of redemptive suffering. He redeemed us from all rebellion and sin by suffering on our behalf. He became what we were so He could make us His dwelling place. Living in us, His desire is to manifest His life through us and suffering seems to have role in the revelation of His glory in our lives.
Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Logizomai (to consider) refers to reaching a settled conclusion by careful study and reasoning. Any suffering for Christ’s sake is a small price to pay for the gracious benefits received because of His suffering. Suffering loses its power when we are focused on Him. We tend to make detailed reports of what we go through in our sufferings. But here the apostle says, “Don’t” even mention them! They are not worthy to be mentioned in comparison with the glory that is to follow. Paul is calling us to view the sufferings of this life as a believer from a heavenly perspective. Glory in the revelation of God’s life. What is this glory? In the Bible, when the glory of God was revealed it was a brilliant radiance that brought fear and awe to all who experienced it. To glory is to exalt and it encompasses great joy. C.S. Lewis says, “Glory denotes not only worth, acceptance or approval. It also denotes brightness, splendor and luminosity, perhaps even beauty. And we long for all that, too! In fact, we long not only to see what is beautiful. We want to participate in it, to be on the inside of this divine heavenly beauty, rather than on the outside.” Glory is revealed in us through suffering!
2 Corinthians 4:16–17 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,”
Suffering is heavy. It hurts. It can hurt so intensely we scream with terror or cry out in pain. The intensity of our suffering, however, is not worth comparing with His glory. Our sufferings are temporary but His glory eternal. If you will reckon the accounts you will come to the same conclusion. I’ve had some trials and health issues that I didn’t understand but today I’m willing to surrender it all as part of God conforming me to His image and revealing His glory in me. Will you join me?
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