Are you suffering today? You may not be. But you are older than you were yesterday and perhaps it is showing! Every one of us have bodies that fail us.
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hopethatthe creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” (Romans 8 v 18-27)
I think of the retired Pastor yesterday who after a long time of suffering is now with the Lord as he passed away.
- We all live in a broken world so even Christians suffer.
- Your suffering now will be overwhelmed by what you will receive after you die.
- You are not the only one who is suffering. You are part of creation itself who in its first-fruits groans out of frustration.
- You are not isolated in your suffering for the Spirit inwardly groans and intercedes for us.
- Your groans will turn into glory.
How difficult it is to fully express what life is like one second after we die!
There is no way we will ever understand fully the glory of God until we leave this life.
In its simplistic form it is to see His beauty through the lens of His actions, character and nature.
There is a glory in heaven that Moses longed for and partially saw; that Isaiah saw in the Temple and that John would see in his Revelation, “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” (21:23) Our world is in a mess. But there is a beauty that is coming into the world, the glory of God, Jesus!