18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. ~ Romans 8:18-25 (NASB)
Heavenly Father, Paul suffered unimaginable persecution for Your sake, yet he said the sufferings were nothing compared to the glory that is coming. Any suffering I have experienced in life have been minor and nothing compared to what Paul endured. Yet, like Paul, I persevere in hope and eager anticipation for the day in which Jesus will return, and we will see Your glory. Help me to believe and to endure until that glorious day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.