Paul asserted, “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…” (2 Corinthians 4:17)
In Romans 8:18, he explained: “For I consider these present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
To understand Paul’s point, imagine a pregnant woman suffering with agonizing back labor for over 10 hours. She wants to give up. She hurts. She screams. But then, finally, a pink-cheeked squalling infant appears. The nurses clean the baby, wrap her in a soft, flannel blanket, and place her in her mom’s arms. The baby glows; her mom glows. Two sets of eyes sparkle in recognition.
“This is the moment I labored for,” the mom thinks. The joy of knowing and being known by her baby is worth every second of torment she endured.
This analogy cannot fully capture the joy we will experience when we see Christ face-to-face. In that moment, Paul suggests, all of our suffering will most surely be forgotten, for in that day, we will fully understand God’s glory, and we will be fully glorious.
Elizabeth Turnage is the author of the Amazon #1 New Release: The Waiting Room: 60 Meditations for Finding Peace & Hope in a Health Crisis.In addition to being an author, she is also a speaker, story coach, and founder of Living Story ministries. She is passionate about helping people learn, live, and love in God’s story of grace. Elizabeth is married to orthopedic surgeon, Kip Turnage, and they have four adult children plus three added by marriage. They are also the devoted “parents” of their personal therapy dog, “Rosie.”
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