“For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth being compared with THE GLORY that is about to be revealed to us, in us, for us and conferred on us!” – Rom.8:18
1 Chronicles 16 speaks about the glory of God that entered the temple and the glory was so great that the people could not stand to minister as they sang a song (1 Chron. 16 34) about God’s goodness and loving kindness. The glory of God is something that is real, and you can experience it in the same way that these people did. You can experience the reality of the glory of God.
In John 11 we read about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus said to Martha; “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?” So, the glory of God in that situation was raising the dead. It was the effect of God’s glory. We cannot explain the glory of God in words and explain it perfectly and say this is the exact definition, but we can see what the glory of God did in and through the life of Jesus and get an understanding of what the glory of God is. He wants us to live in and experience His glory! Christ in you is the hope of experiencing the glory of God in your life (Col 1:26 & 27). The glory inside you, Christ in you, should manifest on the outside.
2 Cor. 4 verse 17,18: 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. In these verses, we read that the suffering or the affliction is producing an everlasting weight of glory. Now, this is where most people get the doctrine that suffering brings glory, but verse 18 is the key. It says that as you look to Jesus or as you look to the unseen, you are changed from glory to glory. Suffering in itself will not produce that glory. Only if you look to Jesus, more of the glory of God will be manifesting in and through your life. You must read verse 18 with verse 17. It is by looking to Jesus that God’s glory is revealed in and through us, which is also confirmed in 2 Corinthians 3 verse 18; “And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued 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 and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.”
If you are experiencing any affliction/suffering today, I want to encourage you, God’s glory cannot suffer affliction. What I mean by this statement is the following, when the glory increases in your life, you will experience less and less of the sufferings that we all experience from time to time. These sufferings came as a result of the fall of man. God is not rejoicing when you go through suffering, He actually wants to help you by producing His own glory in your life, so that you can experience the life that He intended for you. The life that God intends for us is a life of glory. In John 16 it says that in Him we will have PERFECT PEACE. God wants you to experience this life in Christ. John 17 verse 22 says, “The glory which You have given Me I also have given to them, so that they may be one, just as We are one.”
Never again think that suffering produces glory. If you look to Jesus, you will see that He is good and His mercy and loving kindness endures forever, and that produces the glory of God in you.