Devotion for Thursday after Lent 5

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. ~ Romans 8:18-25

We all have many blessings as children of God, but we all have our share of sufferings, also. None of us gets through life without pain, whether it comes from illness/disability, financial problems, relationship issues, or something else. But Scripture tells us that at the end of the world, we will see glory so magnificent that our earthly sufferings will be insignificant in comparison. As a dear friend and Bible study leader says, “I’ve read the end of the book (Revelation), and we win!”

Lord God, I live in hope of the glory that will be revealed when Jesus comes again. Maranatha, Lord Jesus!

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