Bible Society of South Africa

Present sufferings - 11 May 2023

By Xanthe Hancox

Bible text(s)

The Future Glory

18I consider that what we suffer at this present time cannot be compared at all with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. 19All of creation waits with eager longing for God to reveal his children.

Romans 8:18-19GNBOpen in Bible reader

The apostle Paul wrote these words while he was facing tremendous challenges in his life. He had endured persecution, imprisonment, and physical suffering because of his faith in Jesus Christ. Yet, even amid his struggles, Paul remained hopeful and steadfast in his faith.

In this passage, Paul reminds us that the trials and tribulations we face in this life are temporary, and that they are nothing compared to the eternal glory that awaits us in heaven. He also reminds us that there is good news for this groaning world: creation itself eagerly awaits the revealing of the sons of God, when all of creation will be redeemed and restored to its original purpose.

God’s mission is not just the saving of souls but also the liberation of his whole creation. God is at work in Christ to reconcile people not only to himself but also to each other and to the natural world.

It can be difficult to trust God and remain hopeful when we are facing difficulties, but Paul’s words encourage us to persevere and to look forward to the hope and glory that awaits us. Let us pray for the strength to endure, the faith to trust in God’s plan, and the hope to look forward to the glory that is to come.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the hope and promise of eternal glory that is ours through faith in Jesus Christ. Help us to remember that the sufferings of this present time are nothing compared to the glory that awaits us. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

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