The other day I was reminded of the verse the the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans chapter 8 that says “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18) In other words, there is a light up ahead at the end of the tunnel that surpasses any darkness that you are currently in now.
At the time Paul wrote this verse, he was in prison most likely about to die. Even though he was physically trapped in a prison of darkness, mentally his focus was on the light at the end of the tunnel. He most likely was reflecting on the words he wrote to the church in Philippi “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
You see Paul’s problem did not change, but his perspective did. Some of you, just like me, find yourself focusing on the size of your problem instead of the size of your God. As soon as we take our eyes off of our Savior and put them on our situation, we find ourselves being overwhelmed, overcome, and defeated. But when our perspective shifts, our circumstance that we are currently in may not change, but the way we view it does. Because instead of looking through the lens of doubt and discouragement, we are now looking through the lens of faith and hope.
It makes sense now that only ten short verses later, after Paul jotted Romans 8:18, he penned this “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)
You see, because Paul’s perspective shifted, he was able to go from having a pity party for himself to realizing that what he was going through is only temporary, and if he can just endure through it, what God has in store for him will far out weigh it to understanding that God will even use the pain in his life to propel him to fulfill his purpose and ultimately reach his destiny.
So I don’t know what you’re going through, but I want to encourage you that it won’t last. It’s only temporary. I know you probably don’t understand why you are going through what you are, but I know that what God has in store for you will make what you are currently experiencing so worth it. It might not make sense right now but when you finally reach the light at the end of the tunnel, you will look back on this time, and realize that what Paul wrote in Romans is so true.