For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. - Romans 8:18
This verse does not mean to minimize our trials or say they our trivial - our trials are real. The heartache we endure as we live in this broken world can be overwhelming, the physical or emotional pain can be almost unbearable. Paul is not trying to say our sufferings are not important or intense, instead He is trying to put them in perspective. This life is but a fleeting moment as compared to the eternity we have promised to us. We have an incomparable glory in front of us, greater than anything we know here on earth. A day is coming when all the the hurt and heartache and injustice and weakness and suffering of our present experience will be explained and justified and will result in a time of incredible blessing upon the earth. We can look forward to being in the presence of His glory for all of eternity, where there will be no tears or sadness, and where He wins the battle in the end over all evil and darkness. When we shift our perspective to an eternal one, it can provide deep comfort in our sufferings because we know this isn't all there is - there is so much more.
I know my cancer is a part of living in this broken world, and while I don't know the ultimate outcome of this diagnosis, I do know the One who does. I know this is a momentary suffering, and I know who wins in the end. The promise of an eternity of glory brings me such comfort when I shift my focus to Him. The beautiful part in the suffering is that He is preparing me for that time by transforming me and changing my priorities. I continue to be blown away how He has shown up in all the little moments throughout my day, providing comfort through people and pulling the blinders off my sin and strongholds. I was reminded yesterday that the will of God will never take you where the grace of God won't meet you. He is here every step of the way, and He refining me through this - we love a God who wants to work on every part of us so that we are ready to spend experience the glory that will be revealed.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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