“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.” – Romans 8:18
The nature of our spirit is self-restoration. We want to experience glory. We want significance and purpose and meaning. We want Heaven.
As such, we try our best to avoid suffering. Deep in our souls, we know there is something off about suffering, something temporal, lacking the power of eternity.
Paul says here that the appeal of glory is so great it is not even worthy to be compared to present sufferings. He is not saying it is “better”. He’s not even saying it is “way better”. He is saying it is so much better, they can’t even be talked about in the same arena. The power of glory weakens the influence of suffering.
Suffering is hard. And in the midst of it, we struggle to imagine a purpose for it, a reason behind it, a reward for persevering through it. This is by design. A reality of living in the world God created. It is not because there is no reward, but because we can’t imagine it. The suffering is so real and the glory so unimaginable. It makes living a challenge.
The best we can do is accept this perspective. To look forward to the Kingdom riches to come and participate in them so far as we can in this life. It is worth the suffering a thousand times over.