Summary: Our suffering does not match the good news that awaits us in eternity. We can be encouraged that one day, we will find our ultimate comfort.
It Will Be Worth It All
Griffith Baptist Church – 6/29/08
Text: Romans 8:18-22
Key verse: Romans 8:18 - 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.
There once was an oyster whose story I tell, Who found that sand had got under his shell; Just one little grain, but it gave him much pain, For oysters have feelings although they’re so plain. Now, did he berate the working of Fate Which had led him to such a deplorable state? Did he curse out the Government, call for an election? No; as he lay on the shelf, he said to himself, "If I cannot remove it, I’ll try to improve it." So the years rolled by as the years always do, And he came to his ultimate destiny -- stew. And this small grain of sand which had bothered him so, Was a beautiful pearl, all richly aglow. Now this tale has a moral -- for isn’t it grand What an oyster can do with a morsel of sand; What couldn’t we do if we’d only begin With all of the things that get under our skin.
Many are the pains in life
We could spend a lot of time on listing our sufferings
Here, Paul begins a discussion of suffering in this present life gives us some encouragement to help us out.
Transition Statement: God graciously tells us about our present pain and the why of our suffering.
1. Understanding Of Our Present Pain
A. Suffering is the unavoidable consequence of sin (20)
i. Man is in constant search for what will make him more comfortable - A hospital administrator was once startled to see a patient fleeing down the hall out of the operating room, his loose hospital gown flapping the breeze behind him. He stopped the fleeing patient and said, "Do you mind telling me why you ran away from the operating room?" The patient looked at him with startled eyes and said, "It was because of what the nurse said." The administrator said "Oh, what did she say?" She said, "Be brave! An appendectomy is quite simple." The administrator looked a bit confused and said, "Well, so what? It is quite simple. I would think that would comfort you." The patient said "Are you kidding, the nurse wasn’t talking to me; she was talking to the doctor."
ii. Man looks for what will make him live longer or be stronger
iii. Look at where it began and the judgment that followed - Genesis 3:17-19 – 17And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
a. Disobedience brought more than a ruined relationship with God. It brought:
• A cursed earth (17c-18)
• Hard toil (19a)
• Physical death (19b-d)