Romans 8: Incomparable
Romans 8 starts to tell us all about the good news for those who believe in Jesus Christ. However, one thing stood out to me in particular.
Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Rom 8:18 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.
I know that a lot of people experience a lot of bad things that happen in the world. Life is by no means easy for anyone, but for some people, it is particularly difficult. Verse 18 ought to be quite a bit of comfort. It certainly does not deny that difficult times exist. Paul himself had some type of physical issue that he had to deal with as well. Everywhere he went, he was persecuted, and he was ultimately killed for his faith. However, all of those sufferings put together and not even capable of being compared to the eventual glory that we are going to experience as children of God in heaven.
It is an interesting indicator that points to the existence of God. It is obvious that the quality of good is on a continuum. Some things are better than other things. Therefore, if there is a continuum, then there has to be the top of that continuum. In this case, the ultimate good is what we call God. God obviously has other attributes as well, but He is the ultimate good.
Thinking about this all together then in kind of a mathematical way, if God is infinitely good and our time in His presence will similarly be infinitely good, then any amount of suffering that we have in our lives were still mean that the net outcome is going to be infinitely good.
It can be hard for us in the midst of our suffering to recognize that in the long run, for those who trust in God, all of the good that we will experience will simply overwhelm all that we have experienced so far.