|Posted on July 26, 2011 at 10:55 PM|
Romans 8:18-21 - Suffering
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.
I know myself I don’t know suffering compared to some of my friends. I went through most of my suffering while I was a child. Some times I feel like I am suffering, but usually it is only in my mind. So I don’t think I can count it as suffering (or at least not real suffering) if my mind is creating bad fictional scenario. I remain my own worst enemy.
But I know people that know true suffering.
Abuse as a child, or as a wife.
Sickness, handicapped, or hurt.
Bad family situations or marriage.
Loss of Job or Home or both.
There are close friends of mine that have suffered in more than one of these. I don’t know how they have made it. I don’t know if I could have the faith that it takes to keep on going. I am amazed at the perseverance.
I am at a lost on what to say or do. I really have only one thing which is a huge privilege and the best thing I can do; Pray.
But here is the group of verses that give hope. The suffering may not come to an end here on the earth in this life time, but what a prize awaits.
There is an amazing Glory waiting. I will be standing there beside these friends, giving them high fives, and checking out their rewards. I know their rewards will far out weigh my own, but I know I will rejoice in the fact that their suffering is over and rejoice in the greatness of God’s grace on them.
I long to see Jesus face to face, but I think a close second will be to witness the rewards my friends will receive. I truly long to see them lifted up in a way they deserve.
If you are suffering, don’t get hung up on whether the suffering will end.
Know this; It will and the reward of seeing Jesus and his glory will make it all worth while. When you see Jesus - Face to Face – the suffering will be forgotten, or at least the pain of it.