“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.” Romans 8:18
To reckon, is to establish by counting or calculation, and today, as I struggle with pain and limitations as I recover from surgery, I am reminded that, in calculating the number of difficulties and painful events that have occurred in my life, I am encouraged and inspired to think of what God has in store for those who love Him, those who are called according to his purpose.
Paul, in reckoning all of his pain and suffering, just lays it out there for us in II Corinthians 11:24-27;
“… five times received I forty stripes save one. I was beaten three times with rods, stoned once, three times I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, (that’s me today, lol ), in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.”
I don’t suppose that many of us can say that we’ve suffered to this extent, and I’m in no way trying to belittle anyone else’s experience, yet Paul kept moving forward and I’m so glad that he did because during these tremendous hardships, He wrote most of the epistles of the New Testament. Most of them from prison.
In light of all of this, and considering the hardships that we may be facing, we too can reckon that none of it compares to the glory that shall be revealed in us, as we, like Paul, keep moving forward and looking up…
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In trials we become strong and prepared for the coming of the One that will heal all our wounds and will wipe all our tears. :)
Thank you Francine! It’s an honor and a blessing to be nominated for this award, and I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed my blog. Thanks for your encouragement, it means a lot. Smiles and blessings to you! :) -Faith
Amen!! Thanks for your comment. :)
It’s very early morning here in Scotland, and I’m awake because of someone else’s suffering not my own, but your blog is helpful. Thanks and blessings.-Mike
Hi Mike, I’m sorry, and I pray God’s mercy, healing, and blessing for your loved one. Be encouraged. I know from experiences in my own life, that love and support during difficult times, helped me make it through. God Bless.
Praise the Lord!!! This was well put. May God restore and add to you all that was lost and continue to bless you while you continue being a blessing to others. : )
a beautiful thought!
What an encouraging word! I am frequent pity-party thrower; so this hit me right where I needed it!