Romans 8:18- For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us.
Apostle Paul addresses this letter to Jewish and Gentile Christians at the churches in Rome. These Christians were not only discouraged but many of them who had been scattered abroad from their home town of Jerusalem were still being persecuted because of their faith in Christ.
The 2 main points that Paul was trying to make to the Christians he was writing to back then and us now today is to (1) our present life on earth will be filled with suffering due to the fall of man in sin. (2) There will be glory after this! Yes, all things will eventually work for out for our good, including our present sufferings.
Suffering? Every human being will drink from the cup of suffering, saved or unsaved. There will be physical, mental, emotional, verbal and all types of sufferings in the earth, but God promises us that as joint heirs with Christ, we will have "JOY" when the glory of Christ is revealed to us.
As a matter of fact, Christians around the world are suffering because of their faith in Christ. Some are even dying in other countries around the world because of it, but their reward will be great in heaven.
Yes, suffering may seem to be the most painful experience we all go through but the Apostle Paul is declaring to us in this text that as painful as suffering may be, as long as it may seem to last, as often as we may have to experience suffering in this life, the reward that shall be given to the believer will be greater than any earthly pain we have ever suffered.
When we have suffered longer than a few weeks or days, or even months, we do not see suffering as being temporary and rewarding, but Apostle Paul declares just that to us when he says that our sufferings are temporary and fruitful.
In other words, the Apostle Paul is declaring that in spite of our present suffering, we have a glorious future to look forward to.
Yes, there WILL be "GLORY AFTER THIS"!
As People of God suffering for the sake of Christ, we have a guarantee of being rescued by Christ Himself when our suffering days on earth are over.
The glory that shall be revealed in us after we have suffered a little while here on earth will all be worth it in the end.
There is a reward to be gotten if we persevere with hope in our suffering, knowing that God's promise of a future glory with Christ in heaven is a guaranteed promise for us.
Let's listen to 2 Corinthians 4:17-For our light and temporary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that far outweighs our troubles.
People of God, do not let frustration from suffering reign in your hearts and mind for our hope is in our God who promises to not only see us through every test, trial and painful experience, but to also reward us for going through them.
The good news on today people of God is that if we suffer for the sake of Christ, in the end we will reign with Him. Scripture declares in this same text in vs#17 -And if we are children, then we are heirs: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with Him, so that we may also be glorified with Him.
In other words, our suffering for Christ is not in vain! The pain of this life is with a purpose and a promise. We won't suffer in heaven for it will be a place of unending joy and happiness with Christ for eternity.
Are you suffering and sad on this morning? Has the test and trials of life caused you to want to quit on God? Don't do it! Press your way through for great is your reward in heaven my brothers and sisters.
HOLD ON MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS FOR GOD PROMISES YOU THAT "THERE WILL BE JOY AFTER THIS." GLOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRY!!!!!!!!!!!
Lord, my prayer for your people and myself on today is that you Lord, keep us strong in the face of adversity and patient in times of trial for your Word declares to us on today that "THERE WILL BE "JOY" AFTER THIS"!
YES, THERE WILL BE "JOY" AFTER THIS!
Repeat these words out loud to yourself people of God and then rejoice in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord our God.
Thank You Lord!
God bless you all as you glory in the promise from your God to you on today that there will be "JOY" after this.