Fresh Hope – 2nd August 2019

Romans 8:18 ‘I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us’

2 Corinthians 4:17 ‘For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’

You can’t achieve anything meaningful without some kind of sacrifice or payment. A famous philosopher said ‘To live is to suffer’ and the reality is ‘everything sucks some of the time!’

You cant become a doctor unless you are prepared to suffer years of revising. You can’t become fit unless you are prepared to go through physical pain to build muscles. You can’t build a successful business unless you’re prepared to work tirelessly and apparently you can’t even make an omelette unless you are prepared to crack some eggs.

Basically we need to learn to increase our pain threshold, if we want big lives.

I believe that though the problem

with a lot of the suffering we go through in life, is that unlike exercise or revision we struggle to see the point of it. How can you attach meaning to illness or broken relationships? So we suffer and worst of all, we feel hopeless and hard done by.

The verse in Romans I believe can help unlock some truth that can help us.

It states that the sufferings we face can’t compare, isn’t worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Firstly that’s not true of exercise, revision or sacrifice needed to be successful in the world’s eyes.

For example, I think it’s a good thing to exercise and get fit, but it’s definitely worth comparing. You have to give up money and time to join a gym, dress appropriately and then put yourself through pain, week after week, month after month, just so you look a bit better in your swimming costume on holiday. Now I’m not saying don’t exercise but the suffering is definitely comparable to the benefit.

But this verse in Romans states that actually the suffering, the hardships and trials we go through where maybe it’s very difficult to see any kind of benefit but just loss, that actually that’s not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us, the benefits resulting from what we go through.

When we can learn to live with our eyes fixed not on the temporary suffering but the eternal purpose that God has for us, we can start to attach meaning to the difficulties that are in our lives. When you struggle to understand how any possible meaning could come out of truly terrible circumstances we need to learn to look to the eternal God, that there is an eternal perspective which means after all we see with our natural eyes has passed, we will be left in such a great unimaginable wonderful place that we won’t even remember any of the difficulties that helped get us there, just like a mother’s joy at holding a new born baby forgets the pain of labour for the blessing of the child.

Whatever you face today, I encourage you to attach meaning to it; don’t feel your money situation, or family loss, or ill health is an attack and a loss, but look to God and trust Him, be confident that the God who created all things is forming you for an eternal party that will put all things in perspective.

Luke Cartwright

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