Encouragement for your daily walk with God
As I read through the book of Romans yesterday, I paused to meditate on one of the great chapters in the Bible, Romans chapter eight. Thinking through the many powerful words God sent to us through the pen of Paul, I found myself attracted to verse 18.
We know so little about the end of life and the end of the world. But God has given us enough in His Word that we can joyfully look forward. Paul must have been thinking the same thing. As he began to add up the events of his life, particularly the sufferings, the sum total couldn’t come close to the enormity of glory he believed was yet to come.
“I reckon,” he said. That comes from a Greek accounting term, meaning he had made a spreadsheet of sorts. He had taken a thorough inventory of events. He had made precise calculations. He was careful that his balance sheet was reliable. And he came to the stunning conclusion that the trials, heartaches, losses, and sorrows of this world are small - not worthy to be - compared to the enormity of glory to come.
Hard to believe, isn’t it? How can one conceive of a joy and pleasure so glorious that all of our grief is swallowed up by it? It’s unfathomable, really. By faith, Paul believed it, and so do I.
There is a glory coming; so enormous, it makes present day joy possible!
I reckon that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8.18