Romans 5:1-8:17Romans 8:17-18, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Isn't it funny how the words obvious and oblivious are so close?
There's a Czech auto company commercial that shows the features of their car while the street scene around it changes completely, barely noticeable, if at all, to the viewer. In the end, the announcer brings all the changes into view that those watching most likely didn't see, and it's mind-blowing just how drastically the background imagery changed! This clever commercial perfectly illustrates just how oblivious we are to what should be so obvious!
The same is true when we come face-to-face with suffering. We can get so hyper-focused on the now that we lose sight of the eternal. We get so caught up in our present, earthly conditions that we completely forget about who and Whose we are -- children of the Most High God — and the blessing and eternal hope that go and hand-in-hand with a personal relationship with Jesus. That's why Romans 8:17-18 reminds us that, as Christ-followers, we've been adopted into God's family, making us His CO-HEIRS. This means we've been granted everything that belongs to Jesus! Unfortunately, that doesn't preclude the suffering He endured during His earthly ministry. It, too, is ours. But no matter how difficult the trials we'll endure here on earth might be, they're "not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us."
Let those words sink in — the GLORY of GOD will be revealed in YOU! Every difficulty, every loss, and every betrayal are absolutely incomparable to the unending joy and perfection YOU will experience in eternity. Does this deny or diminish our suffering? By no means! But it does help us not be oblivious to the obvious — that Heaven, with all its hope and glory, is ahead!
Heavenly Father, I lift my eyes to You. You are my Rock, my King, my Father, my everything. I love You and choose to praise You even amid seasons of suffering. Be glorified through me today! In Jesus’ name, Amen.