"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us." - Romans 8:18
Life is full of happenings: this happens, that happens…we are tossed to and fro through every circumstance. Sometimes things aren't so bad, just a little bit of discomfort. Other times, it seems as though the bottom has fallen out: God seems so distant and we can neither see nor hear through the fog. When we come to this place, the one thing we must do is to set our eyes upon the truth that we know: God is still God.
God promises to work all things out for good for those who love Him. Paul considers no suffering even worth comparing to the future glory of eternity in heaven. In life or death there is a bigger picture, and the One in whom we can place all of our trust is the One who sees it. To find the strength to persevere, in every circumstance, we must set our minds on the big picture. The big picture is that though presently I cannot see, the fog will rise and God will still be there.
(This devo was published in MORE: A Compilation of Revelations, by Michael Rivera, Liz Reed, Ben Striker and myself)