Psalm 119 – Part 19 A
September 15, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 19 B
September 17, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 19 A
September 15, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 19 B
September 17, 2013

Can’t Compare Suffering to Glory

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

When Ananias was reluctant to go to Saul and lay hands on him, the Lord told Him that He would show Paul what He was to suffer. “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.” Acts 9:15-16

And suffering, Paul had a large portion. He took account of it all. He reckoned all that he had gone through. “…In labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness, beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” (2 Corinthians 11:23-28)

Fortunately, most of us don’t have a suffering list like that. Yet even with all that he had gone through, his conclusion was the glory of Heaven, and being in the presence of Jesus for eternity far outweighed the suffering. In fact, Paul said you couldn’t compare them. He looked to Jesus. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

We live 2000 years later, but it is “present time” for us. The church saw great persecution. There have been awful wars. We are in the age Paul describes as “this present evil age” (Galatians 1:4); the days are evil; this darkness (Ephesians 5:16; 6:12); the distress that is upon us; and the fashion of this world is passing.

This is how so many who went before us saw persecution. They didn’t back down at persecution and because that couldn’t be compared to eternal life. Hebrews 11, which we know of as the hall of Faith, shows one person after another who suffered. Nevertheless, they received a good report because they stood in faith.