Romans 8:18, 24-27 (NLT)
18Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope[k] for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
Last week we conducted a health check. We examined if people took their daily dose of patience and used their personal gym, their prayer closet, to build up their endurance. Today, our scripture reminds us that the frustration, isolation, misunderstanding, or suffering that we are experiencing during this waiting season does NOT compare to the promise God has for us.
Consider the following:
Apostle Paul wrote this letter to discuss suffering in the lives of God’s people (if you want to hear about total love and salvation then finish reading chapter eight). Paul highlights with the freedom of a new life, there will be a transition period, which in fact will prepare us for the promise that God has in store for us. Let’s break down this scripture. Verse 18 indicates that if we are going through a God-ordained storm, not something that we put ourselves through then we must suffer with Christ and keep our eye on the prize. If we focus too much on the storm instead of the rainbow that will appear after, the promises that God has for us can fall into becoming insignificant. The scripture also reminds us that hope that is seen is not hope. One commentator wrote, “for the very meaning of hope is, the expectation that something now future will become present.” That is why we need to be hopeful and know that this stage of suffering is merely a transitional period. Verse 25 qualifies this period by instructing us to bring into action our faith and demanding us to be patient. Therefore, the question is, if we hope for something then can we patiently wait for it? Can we confidently know that when God sometimes takes what is perfect or seems perfect away, and places us in humble status it is for a greater good to be accomplished or to bless you with more? Therefore, ask yourself, do you have belief, things made in the present, or faith, things manifested in the future? Know that trials will come, suffering is a part of life, hearts will be broken, relationships dismantled, sickness in your body, grief in your soul, BUT God will create a greater good out of it. Just wait patiently and confidently and know that God is God!