July 3, 2022     1:12 pm
171. Week of Fifth Sunday after Easter - Tuesday
The sufferings of this present time cannot be compared with the glory to come
          For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.   Romans 8:18
          The children of God in this world do not suffer less but more than unbelievers. For the devil and the wicked world are against them; they are also harassed by their own flesh and blood, which it is their duty and which it is also their desire to crucify; and God chastises them in fatherly mercy, it is true; but it smarts for all that. The narrow way which leads to heaven is beset with afflictions. Where does it lead? To heaven. Oh! so it is. That comforts and quickens. The narrow way leads to heaven and to eternal life. The broad way, so agreeable to flesh and blood, leads not to life, but to damnation. Therefore we all surely want to walk the narrow way. And the heavenly glory which has been promised us, which awaits us at the end of the narrow way, which follows upon the sufferings of this present time, this glory is so exceedingly great - and everlasting! - that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with them, are not to be taken into account against them, are as nothing against them. In consideration of this glory we must gladly bear the sufferings which the trusty hand of God appoints for us on our pilgrimage there. Why, shall we be put to shame by men of the world who, to acquire some earthly treasure, some temporal good, often undergo grievous hardships and misery without minding them at all? And how often they are disappointed in their expectations! Scarce acquired, their fortune vanishes again. But we shall not be deceived. We shall most surely obtain the glory which shall be revealed in us; for God is true, who promises it. And it shall not vanish from us. All other treasures vanish, but we shall remain in possession of our inheritance in all eternity. Therefore willingly suffer, O Christian, whatever falls to your lot. God will give you strength. And He will moderate your suffering and graciously apportion to you a fixed measure. And He will, furthermore, give you courage and a cheerful spirit. Lift up your head and fix your eyes upon the inviting goal before you!
          PRAYER: - Lord, my God, right well do I know that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which is to be revealed in me, yes, in me. But You know how weak and faint-hearted I am, and how easily depressed. Have mercy upon me, O faithful, gracious God, and cure me of my diffidence by the almighty power of Your Holy Spirit, and let Your word of promise concerning the eternal and exceedingly great glory which is in store for me always sparkle within my heart and greatly comfort me, that I may by no means draw back, but cheerfully overcome all suffering. This I pray for Jesus' sake. Amen

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July 3, 2022     1:12 pm