Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. (Romans 8:18 NLT)
In short, this describes the trails and tribulations that we go through in this life on earth. Paul puts this clearly when he says:
“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”
(2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT)
Paul’s own testimony lists a seemingly unbearable litany of sufferings and persecutions he endured throughout his life, yet he viewed them as weightless and lasting for only a brief moment. To Paul the future glory he would experience with the Lord far outweighed any suffering he experienced in this world. Paul understood that the greater the suffering, the greater would be his eternal glory.
Paul can speak from first-hand about suffering. He was stoned, shipwrecked, and so many times left for dead: suffering was no stranger to him. (Tyndal Study Bible)
“Glory”: Looks forward to the resurrection of the body and the subsequent complete Christ-likeness which is the believer’s eternal glory.
We can easily see that this present suffering is minor compared to the great glory we will receive when Jesus recognises us as His when we stand before Him in heaven.
Have you ever been stoned, lashed, shipwrecked and left for dead? No, I have not, our trials and tribulations take on an entirely different colour. It immediately makes me think of Nelson Mandela. This guy went to prison for 26 years, for what he believed. Will you go to prison for your faith? Paul did as well apart from all the other stuff.
What’s the worst thing you ever suffered? Does it compare?
Know while we are in this world, we might suffer. God promises us Heaven and eternal life if we believe that Jesus is our saviour and shed His blood for our sins.
All I can add is pay close attention to the Promise that God makes in this scripture.
“ Lord I pray that you care for my worldly burdens. I thank you for the promise Glory. Amen”