Romans 8:18-27

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Vantage Point

Hope For All Times

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

In your opinion, is the glass of water half full or half empty? Your answer is highly dependent on your point of view, perspective, or vantage point. In 2008, Columbia Pictures released the political action thriller film, Vantage Point. The story focuses on the assignation attempt of the President of the United States through the eyes of eight different characters who had a perfect view of the kill. The film takes advantage of storytelling through multiple perspectives called the “Rashomon Effect,” a term related to the notorious unreliability of eyewitnesses. It describes a situation in which an event is given contradictory interpretations or descriptions by the individuals involved. Both answers as to the level of water in the glass are true, just from different perspectives.

In reality, each of us views life from a different vantage point. We all see different pieces of life’s puzzle from our own limited perspectives. But God sees the big picture as one truth, of which He is the author. Paul highlighted our limited spiritual vantage point throughout his writings and he did so again in this passage. Paul began with the Greek word logizomai, translated “I consider” in the NIV. But in the KJV, the word is translated, “I reckon” (I think or I judge in my own limited human perspective) which may be a more accurate, countrified translation than the more sophisticated word, “consider.” His point? From our own earthly perspective, our present suffering may seem overwhelming but from an eternal perspective, there is no comparison to the glory that we will experience and are likely now experiencing to a certain degree.