â€œFor I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.â€ (Romans 8.18 ESV)
Suffering and tribulation is present around the world.Â We can look to the Middle East and see the barbaric treatment of Christians by Islamic terrorists posing as an army (ISIS).Â In China there is widespread persecution of the Church involving prison terms for pastors and congregants of churches that do not submit to the central governmentâ€™s rules for state-approved churches.Â
Christians over the years have been persecuted and killed for their faith.Â Paul wrote this verse with a story to tell about having been nearly being killed several times for the Gospel.Â He had the scars of ministry on his body and lived his life as a living sacrifice before God.
Paul had the eternal perspective on his mind when he wrote this verse.Â He was saying that no matter what evil the world brought before him, Heavenâ€™s glory will far surpass it all.
Let us take a moment to be thankful today for all the blessings God has given to us.Â Let us also be thankful for the future God has promised us- one that will far outshine the darkness of this world. Â God is good.