“This Is Nothin’”

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us (Romans 8).

How interesting that the word “worthy” here in the Greek means “having no weight,” while the word “glory” in Hebrew (and in the mind of Paul as a Jew) carries the idea of “having weight.”  Thus, what we suffer now is minuscule in comparison to the glory that awaits us.  Indeed, the difference between them is so extreme and so vast, any comparison is simply not “worthy” to be made — it would be illogical to do so.

The comparison Paul makes here would be no less true without Paul’s consideration.  That is, logically, earthly sufferings cannot possibly compare with heavenly glory.  This is the same comparison made by our Lord Jesus, “who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame” (Hebrews 12:2).

In one poignant scene in the film, Blackhawk Down, a soldier lies on a table while being treated by a medic.  Though mortally wounded, and with vacant eyes staring upward, his dying voice continues to emphatically repeat the words, “This is nothin,’ this is nothin’” to his anxious comrades in arms gathered around him.

Lord, help us This Day to so “fix our eyes” (Hebrews 12:2) on You, that, should any suffering come our way, anyone around us would hear the words, “This is nothin’” fall from our lips.  Amen.