Romans 8:18 – For I calculate that this which befalls us now for a season is not worthy of the glory that is about to be revealed in us.
Part 1 ~ Proper Perspective
Paul’s calculation is that the level of suffering we endure now is not even in the same category with the glory that is about to be revealed. When Paul was writing to the Corinthians, he referred to this suffering as a light affliction (2 Corinthians 4:17). The Greek word Paul uses to help us put things into proper perspective is ‘logizomai’ which refers to a logical reality. Now, the logical calculation is that the present suffering is so insignificant in comparison to the glory to be revealed that it is almost meaningless.
How are we supposed to deal with the suffering and pain we encounter here in this life? Paul, who had more than his share of opposition and turmoil, reveals to us how to live life free from discouragement. All we need to do is realize that the hand of God is shaping us for greatness – both now and in the future. We must realize He is not only with us through these things, but He is so close to us that we are under His shadow (Psalms 91). We must realize whatever “groanings” we may encounter today will be overshadowed by the glorious liberties of tomorrow. As a result, we will not lose our confidence and joy, which will result in a great reward (Hebrews 10:35, 3:6, 11:26; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 8:28-39).
Pastor Mark Spitsbergen