LISTEN TO: PRESENT SUFFERING AND FUTURE GLORY We all know what it is like to be on a journey from one place to another. I have memories as a kid riding in the car with my family to the beach. Never did a drive seem so long as it did when something fantastic like the beach waited at the other end of the journey. I also remember as a child in elementary school making a “Christmas chain.” It was a long chain made of red and green construction paper with what was probably 25 links. It was just enough links to get you from December 1 to December 25. One could hope that ripping off a few extra pieces of paper each day would speed Christmas up, but no, there was always the wait. Every journey has a desired destination and there is always the time in between. As believers we are on a journey. God has saved us in His great mercy and love. Our salvation is secure in Christ. The Bible also teaches that while we “are saved” we are also “being saved.” Theologically speaking we call this justification and sanctification respectively. The Bible also teaches that we will one day “be saved.” This is glorification. So we are on a journey. God has saved us and He is still working on us, transforming us and maturing us, there is coming a great day of coronation when will experience the full deliverance from the presence and power of sin, with this will also come the ending of suffering. Here and now though we suffer. In various ways and at various times in this journey with God from justification to glorification, we experience suffering. It is our present reality many times. We experience suffering through persecution, sickness, natural disasters, pain, and so on. But praise God there is coming a day when suffering will be vanquished and we will experience only glory.
Click on the link below to listen to the sermon I had the privilege of sharing at MeadowBrook Baptist following the tornado disaster that drastically effected our state that Wednesday. The sermon text is Romans 8:17-39.