“18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[a] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, [b] for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”-Romans 8:18-30
There is no pain without any gain. There is no suffering that surpasses God’s glory. Brethren, I know we go through hard and painful times but God says in His word that His glory that is to be revealed to us (made manifest in our lives) is not to worth to be compared to our suffering. This gives us an assurance that, what is about (glory of God) to be manifested in our lives will be overwhelming more than the current pain or agony. We are all waiting for this time where it will be revealed to us and though we have not seen it, we hope for it. John piper also defines glory as,“The public display of the infinite beauty and worth of God.” Therefore, God’s glory is the radiance of his holiness, the radiance of His manifold, infinitely worthy and valuable perfections.”
We all have been groaning in pain from the day we were born till date but we have been set free from the bondage and the corruption of this world through our hope because out of that we have received faith, which has saved us. I know we are all hoping for the future glory Paul talks about. I want to assure it’s just a matter of patience, because it is something we will receive and haven’t seen yet. Therefore, we have to patiently wait for this glory though we go through pains. Most people couldn’t wait for this future and looked for other alternatives when they were in hard times and missed it. Be patient with God and with yourself. I will use McDonald’s as an example; sometimes we might be so hungry we need the food and we have order it as soon as possible but it takes time before you receive it. When you leave whiles waiting for it, you have missed it but when you patiently wait for it,you will receive your orders and that’s how hope and glory works. The Bible says the Christ in you is our hope of glory. This is because once you have Christ dwelling in you, you hope for this glory you have not yet seen in your suffering, pain and weakness. Remember, that glory overwhelms every pain, suffering, agony or weakness we go through just as when we are hungry and enter McDonald’s, the food we patiently wait for, when served and eaten, surpasses our hunger. That’s how God’s overwhelming glory is like.
We find ourselves in “job like” situations where we find hard to pray or let me say intercede for ourselves but Apostle Paul tells the Spirit intercedes for us in such situations according to the will of God because the Spirit searches in the heart and also knows the mind of our spirit. The reason why the Spirit intercedes for us is because in our groaning we are being made weak (the soul and the body) but the Spirit is stronger for the reason that our hope is in the Lord. One thing I have noticed is that when the soul and the body is weak, that is when the glory of the Lord takes precedence and through that, all things works together for our good because of our heart (love we have for Him) and the desire to do fulfil the purpose of His will.
The only way our love for God is being known or tested is in the times of weakness. I have been in groans for years but when the glory of the lord was being manifested in my life, it surpassed all the suffering I went through. Those that He has called shall be predestined to conform to the image of His son, justified by faith and glorified as well by hope.
Brethren, wait for God’s deliverance, as you wait for His bounty in providence. Stabilise your hearts. Take courage and do not sink under your trials. Let your hope be found in the Lord so that His glory will be revealed in your life, Amen. Have a blessed day!