I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
- Romans 8:18
This verse reminds me of one of my favorite songs by Hillsong Worship: New Wine. In the crushing and pressing, the vintner is taking something and turning it into something much greater. It is a time-consuming process but the celebration follows!
If you’ve ever tried wine grapes you know they are pretty sour. Life hands us some pretty sour grapes and then we feel squeezed and pressed from all sides. It can be difficult to see how our current sufferings can be beneficial. Yet, if we look back to scripture, we see James 1:2 saying, Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.
And then Peter tells us in 1 Peter 4:13, but rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you many also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. These passages make us a bit uncomfortable but should also provide some comfort. Jesus suffered the ultimate pain for us by taking our sin to the cross with him. He did that for you.
This passage from Romans says give God your heart so that in the crushing and in the pressing he can make new wine out of you. Instead of mulling over the hurt and pouting about our situation, let us be a people that responds with thanksgiving for in time we will be restored to glory.
If you have not heard the Hillsong Worship song, check it out here:
Concord Grape pie
Written by: Abigail Elliott
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