For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Things can be difficult at times. Paul knew this. He had been stoned — the kind where people throw rocks at a person in order to kill them — beaten, jailed, shipwrecked, and all manner of other thing. Moreover, he had some kind of thorn in the flesh that tormented him. The man understood suffering. Yet his estimation is that the sufferings of now are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. He took the long view and compared the here and now against eternity. Suffering now versus comfort for the rest of eternity … not really a fair comparison.
Do I have the long view? When things grow difficult, do I focus on the here and now or do I recognize that the here and now is happening, but is part of a long game that God is playing; a longitudinal plan to conform me to the image of Christ? I should.
I cannot say that I consistently take the long view, but this morning’s verse is a challenge to me to do just that. When circumstances are challenging or I am, in some fashion, suffering, let me take the long view and compare the sufferings of the moment against the glory of eternity. There is no comparison. Eternity wins hands down.