It’ll be worth the wait.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my kids that exact same thing when they were waiting for a surprise I had prepared for them. I’m guessing, based on their reactions when the surprise was revealed, it was worth the wait.
Pastor Paul in Romans 8:18 is saying the exact same thing to Christians:
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
Being a Christian and doing what it means to be a christian, from worship to prayer and study to giving up sinful habits and denying sinful desires, Paul is saying it’ll be worth it in the end as we wait to receive what God has promised.
But, anyone can say, it’ll be worth the wait, but if every time I said that to my kids and I didn’t follow through or I was simply playing a trick on them, they would never believe me. How I treated my kids in the past tells them that the wait will actually be worth it in the future.
The same for us, God has always treated us well, with love and forgiveness way beyond anything we ever deserved. We know what God has done for us and it tell us that what God has prepared for us is worth the wait.