Romans 8:18 (part 2)
Don’t Let Problems Drown Us
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Romans 8:18a (Holman) For I consider…
Paul was a very reasonable, logical person. He calculated matters, pondered realities, and made proper deductions. He was careful in the assessments he made.
The word “consider” did not mean the same thing to Paul as it does to us. We use the word haphazardly to express a guess or a hunch, but Paul was using a technical word that referred to reaching a conclusion by a process of logical deductions.
The term was used to describe the working of a mathematical problem. Paul was not just making an educated guess or a tentative hunch. He had considered the facts and had reached a noteworthy conclusion.
Romans 8:18b …that the sufferings of this present time…
“Present time” refers to the world of time and space we live in. Every human being suffers in this life. There are troubles to overcome, and anxieties to endure.
Being God’s adopted children does not exempt us from suffering. In fact, it can complicate matters, and make things worse. Believers carry the extra burden of spiritual turmoil. They carry the weight of guilt, concern, and extra sensitivity.
Nevertheless, there is a ray of cheer even in this phrase from our text. For Christians, suffering is confined to only this lifetime. The afflictions of a believer do not las