Paul knew hardship: As we can see in 2 Corinthians 11:22-33 there is a list of just some of the difficult challenges he had to face. His "present sufferings" make most of our difficulties seem not so bad by comparison. However, Paul could say confidently that the glory he would have with Christ (cf. Col. 3:1-4) would be so incredible, with blessings so fantastic, that his hardships are minor in comparison. That same glory will also be ours!
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
— Romans 8:18
Dear Lord, you are awesome, glorious, and majestic. I praise you for reaching down and saving me by your grace. Father, most of the time my faith is strong and I feel confident about my future. However, at times my faith becoames weak when I’m confronted with difficult things. Give me courage and boldness, to face those challenges with the conviction that they are actually minor in comparison to the glory you will share with me when Jesus returns. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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