For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Some time ago a figure came to me saying: “God gives the hardest battles to His best soldiers; but He confused me with Rambo.” I do not know who the funny one who wrote that phrase was; but he probably did not stop to meditate on Romans 8:18. Certainly in this world we will have problems, difficulties, trials, tests, afflictions and the like; but the coming glory that Heavenly Father has in store for us far exceeds all that we suffer.
I’m going to share a vision that God allowed me to see several years ago. I saw myself flying in a hurricane-hunting plane above a great storm. I saw large clusters of black clouds below me, which circulated, just as hurricanes do. I saw that the hurricane-hunting plane was rising to the sky. Then I saw myself in heaven, in the great throne room, and I was sitting on the ground at the foot of the throne.
There was no one there but me with the Lord Jesus, who sat on His throne. We both looked at what was happening on earth, like a giant screen: storms, wars, earthquakes, hatreds, fights, etc. The Lord showed me that Christians should have a Kingdom mentality and place our treasures in heaven and in heavenly things, not on earth and earthly things. He showed me that everything human will end, but that the divine is eternal.
Then I saw myself at a dinner with the Lord Jesus. He presided over a long table with white tablecloths, while His face and His body reflected the glory of God. Several other people were also there sharing dinner, I believe they were the apostles. On the table were rich foods and the Lord broke the bread and distributed it among all those who were at the table. His face showed a lot of love and His smile was so sweet that it filled us with peace. It struck me that everything was very bright, but I saw no lamp. After dinner, we went to an immense hall where a great party began. There was a very large orchestra, with all kinds of musical instruments and a great crowd dancing as it gave praise and glory to the Lord.
I believe that no human being, whether believer or not, is exempt from suffering any kind of penalty during his life on Earth. Many say that if they had more money their problems would end. That is not necessarily true because there are people with immense fortunes suffering so much that many commit suicide or end in vices. It is evident that earthly glory does not guarantee total happiness. Neither the money, nor the fame nor the admiration of the world assure us that we will not have tribulations. Besides, we will leave all that in other hands when we die.
The word of God in Romans 8:18 speaks of a coming glory that will make us forget the afflictions of the present time. The world wants to sell us the idea that we must live here and now; but our Heavenly Father tells us that what awaits us the believers is far better than all that we know. If you feel that your life today is to pass Niagara on a bicycle, I remind you of the words of Romans 8:18: the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. God bless you.