For it was fitting for God [that is, an act worthy of His divine nature] that He, for whose sake are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the author and founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. – Hebrews 2:10 (AMP)
Jesus, our pioneer was made perfect through suffering to bring many sons into glory. God’s plan and purpose for you is to live in and experience His glory. He, Jesus, was made perfect through His suffering and He is the pioneer of our salvation. He suffered in our place. If you can believe in the sufferings of Christ and you can embrace His sufferings, you can expect to experience his glory. “The prophets predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow.” (1 Peter 1:11). The doctrine that teaches that we should suffer in order to get glory is actually opposing the very message of the cross itself and it takes away from the focus of His sufferings. You never, ever suffered like He did, and you never will because it is not His plan for your life.
2 Corinthians 4 verse 17,18 says, “For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],18 Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.” Let me explain: First of all, it is amazing to realize that there is a weight of glory that is being produced. There is an increase in glory in the life of a believer. God’s glory actually increases in you and you can experience more of it. The key to experience more of His glory is in the looking. 2 Corinthians 3 says the following, “and all of us with unveiled face because we continue to behold in the word of God as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendour, from one degree of glory to another, this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” The mirror (the word of God) shows you the truth about who you are and that transforms you into the likeness of Jesus. When you go through difficult times and trials in your life and you are able to look away from it unto Jesus and you are able to see Jesus and your true identity in Him (the Word), His glory will increase in your life. You can experience the same thing when you are able to look at Him when things are going great.
To look at the unseen (2 Cor 4 v 18) means to look at Jesus Christ and your inheritance in Christ. We keep our eyes on Him and in doing this, glory is produced. There is no way that suffering alone produces glory, except if you can turn to Jesus in your suffering. But I want to encourage you, look to Jesus when it’s going well, look to Jesus when it’s going average, look to Jesus when it is going really bad. Look to Jesus in any circumstance and His glory will increase. He is busy producing in you an everlasting weight of GLORY!
God’s glory can NEVER suffer affliction.