Romans 8: 18-19
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth being compared to the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
Not just these verses, but this whole chapter seems to take us on a journey. Paul opens with the remark that we are therefore not condemned because of what Jesus did. Hallelujah! He then discusses that we have been adopted as heirs, and that we therefore have a future glory to look forward to, and then concludes with talking about God’s everlasting love from which we cannot be separated. It’s so interesting how, throughout this chapter, Paul turns his eyes away from himself and towards God. His eyes turn from his own sin, to what God has done and how glorious He is, and looking forward to the day He comes in glory, he comforts himself by looking forward. To quote our very own Stu Cameron, “We are Easter Sunday people living in a Saturday world.”
How often do I, during times of distress and difficulty, keep my eyes so firmly fixed on myself and the circumstances that I am currently in, instead of looking toward God and Christ? In these verses particularly, Paul remarks that the sufferings of the present time are not even worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed to us when Christ returns. He looks forward, and looks toward God as the source of his joy. How often do I do this? Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are His children, and we can be confident that however dark it feels right now, the dawn is coming. To quote C.S. Lewis, “The spring comes slowly down this way; but the great thing is that the corner has been turned.”
Lord, thank you for what you did on the cross 2000 years ago. Thank you that you adopted us as your sons and daughters, and that we can have a confident future hope because of that. Help us to focus our thoughts and our eyes on you, and to find our joy in reflecting on who you are. Amen.