Whatever we might suffer in this life is as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us in the afterlife. We might suffer greatly in this life from physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual trials and tribulations, but if we believe in the promises God has made us through Jesus Christ, then none of them are more than an a minor annoyance. This is because all our earthly fears, doubts, worries, anxieties, obstacles, difficulties, etc. that we suffer in this life are impermanent and passing away. They are as fleeting as lightning. They come and go, but the glory and love of God is forever. Sometimes this promise of future good is hard to keep in mind, especially when we are in the midst of a crisis, but it is something we need to hold onto... like a candle in the darkness, lighting your way forward one step at a time.
Are we willing to accept the sufferings that come along with doing God’s Will? How can we put our trials into perspective with what God has done for us? What can we do to help God release us from our slavery to sin so that we can be truly free?
O Lord, our sufferings are as nothing when we consider the good you have done us.