For I reason that the sufferings of this present occasion are not comparable to the glory about to be revealed to us.
- Romans 8:18
Paul writes that he reasons (logizomai) that present sufferings of the Christian are nothing compared to the finalization of the Christian’s salvation. Specifically, Paul states that for all for the difficult things the believer experiences here will soon be forgotten once the final glory comes. Paul’s reasoning comes from his full trust in God that future glory is coming. Paul truly believes that God will fully consummate the salvation promised to us. Because he believes so, Paul sets his vision upon what is coming. He looks in a manner in which the coming inheritance promised by God is a done deal. This is hope.
Hope, therefore, is looking at a coming event as an absolute reality. Hope does not ignore that the future is yet to come. Hope does, however, trust the promise so much that it looks at things to come as a sure thing. In this manner, hope and trust are one in the same.
So then, Christians, while they suffer still in brokenness here on earth, may have great hope that things improve. This hope keeps the believer going despite brokenness.
- Pastor Randy