“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”Romans 8:18
Have you noticed that when people excel in something far beyond the norm, there is a price to pay? Think of any famous athlete or gifted musician. These people often must give up much (sometimes from a very young age) due to the extreme dedication to their pursuit. With glory will come suffering.
This reality holds true for believers, too. We share in Christ’s suffering in this life so that we will share in His glory in the next. In fact, all creation groans in pain waiting for the time when we will be revealed to be the sons of God and will openly share in Christ’s glory. Though we can’t comprehend what that will be like, it will surpass our most wonderful imaginings.
Our current suffering—whether of persecution, of personal relationship strain or of human frailty, of sickness or of injustice under imperfect governments—is all put into perspective when we think of the future that awaits us. Paul reckons that our sufferings are not worthy to be compared to the glory that we will share with Christ one day.
Biblical hope is not merely wishful thinking. It is an absolute promise for our future, and it produces endurance while suffering.