June 25, 2018

Suffering Is Guaranteed, But So Is Glory.

Romans 8:18

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18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Suffering Is Guaranteed, But So Is Glory.

Central Truth

God does not waste a second of our pain. Something marvelous that we cannot see right now is behind the curtain. Just because we cannot see it now does not mean it is not coming.

Devotional | Romans 8:18

Something is terribly wrong. His face is as white as a sheet. When I touch his hands, they feel like ice. My thoughts are racing. What if I lose my only brother?

(Go read the rest of the story in John...

Something is terribly wrong. His face is as white as a sheet. When I touch his hands, they feel like ice. My thoughts are racing. What if I lose my only brother?

(Go read the rest of the story in John 11:1-44. Sorry for the extra homework, but I think Paul’s words in Romans need a story to sink in.)

Did you read it?

When I read this story through Mary’s eyes, I cannot help but wonder: what were those four days like after Lazarus died? It says Jesus came four days after her brother died. We do not have to wonder what she was thinking, for she cried out to Jesus through a flood of tears, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:32)

Mary then saw two incredible sights: the God of the universe brought to tears by the pain of death (John 11:35) and her dead brother alive again (John 11:44). Mary’s story reveals the truth of Romans 8:18. Suffering is guaranteed (see: every page in the Bible!). But so is glory.

Pain confused me for the longest time, because I thought “good people” should not suffer. But I can tell you today that I know that Jesus loves me BECAUSE of hardships I have walked through. He has met me in the darkest of places, the deepest of losses, and in situations where I still have questions. God has given me some incredible gifts: singleness, financial difficulty, rejection from friends/guys/job opportunities, and the loss of loved ones (who really loved Jesus!). I have prayed with all my heart for God to get me “out” of those heartaches. But if I traded them in, I would miss out on so much of Jesus.

Would you dare to trust this promise? The promise that says that God is not wasting a second of your pain. Something marvelous that you cannot see right now is behind the curtain. Just because you cannot see it now does not mean it is not coming.

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Bio | Lauren Frey

Hi! I'm Lauren Frey (it's Frey, like a "french fry"). 

I hope you are reading this with a strong cup of coffee in your hands. If not, please stop everything you are doing and pour yourself a cup! Life is better that way!

By now, you know I love coffee. But just in case you were wondering, I also love college football, traveling to crazy places, and Watermark Fort Worth! I am a pediatric nurse in Fort Worth. I get to go to work every day with some of the bravest little kids in the world!

Discussion Questions

1. What disappointments or pain have you experienced recently? 

2. Hebrews 4:15 and Isaiah 53 promise we have a God who is familiar with the pain we experience in life. So in your disappointment ask Him, "Lord, when did You feel this way?" (For example, "Jesus, when did You feel rejected?" See John 1:11).

3. Where else do you find the words suffering and glory in the New Testament? 

4. Are you discouraged? Are you tired? Are you weary of holding on for the "glory that is to be revealed"? Read in Hebrews 11 about the lives of so many who have gone before us who hoped in what they could not see. 

2 Comments available

Hugh Stephenson 24 minutes ago

Good morning Lauren. Awesome devo. Love the title and the link to Lazarus.

What is interesting to me is that when Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick He waited two more days. Plus, He knew there would be lengthy travel time. Dr. C notes that “Lazarus” probably is a variant of “Eleazar,” meaning “God helps.” Yes, He does.

Q1 - The toughest time recently has been living for the last several months in prodigal chaos from adult children. Seemingly unending surrender prayers is my only choice. God has clearly shown me how to love them more like He does and that He has a plan for them. My sinful nature struggles to fully let go.

Q4 - LOVE Hebrews 11. It helps me to have an eternal perspective when I see this “Hall of Fame” list.

Jesus weeps for Lazarus. I weep for my kids. Glory awaits. “Come, Lord Jesus”

Julie Newmeyer about 1 hour ago

Thank you so much for the devotion this morning ! This verse also reminds me of one of my favorite verses in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. “16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

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