One of my favorite childhood memories is hearing my dad break into this song in the middle of one of his sermons…..
It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus, life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ.
One glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will erase. So bravely run the race, til we see Christ.
This morning I scan the print in my big print Bible, the one I use early in the morning when my eyes are fresh from sleep and the coffee has not fully engaged the senses, a verse that I know by heart, Romans 8:18.
“For I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Almost instantly those words from way back flash across my mind and I begin to hum the tune from my childhood….and then I stop.
It won’t be worth it……….It cannot compare……….Put away your spiritual measuring stick and scales………There is no trade off.
As with everything that God offers us, He wins. His end of the deal vastly outweighs ours.
Could it be that It Won’t Be Worth It All? It definitely doesn’t roll off the tongue with the same familiar rhythm but maybe, just maybe, our human attempts to explain His worth have fallen short……
My present suffering is not worth comparing, too small to hold up, to the light of God’s glory that will be revealed in us.
I don’t make light of your suffering with cancer, or your endless work to stretch the dollar to feed your family. I do not cheapen the pain of a husband that walks out or children that turn away. If you find yourself alone because death took your best friend, or you understand the deep loneliness that comes in the middle of the night and sometimes even in the broad daylight, God is not dismissing your pain.
Instead He tells you…..there is no comparison. What waits on us cannot compare to the pain in your heart at this moment. Don’t feel as if you will only win if you can make it through like a good soldier with a stiff upper lip. No, there is no point in holding your pain up to the Father to ask for reimbursement in a heavenly payoff……because there is NO comparison for what awaits for you.
Lovingly, God whispers, ” This pain that is holding you in it’s grasp is ‘ not worth comparing to the wonders that await you when you get home….”
So maybe the ones in the book of Acts who willingly offered their lives up in Jesus name understood it better than you and I. Maybe our brothers and sisters in Korea who will be shot in the head and fall into a shallow grave understand something we still need to get…..
It won’t be worth it all……it’s not worth comparing….this world does not hold a candle……there is so much more….. Our present suffering is not worth comparing to the glory that awaits us…….
Come quickly Lord Jesus……