II Corinthians 4:17). What you see now is not the same as what will be. No matter how stressful it is to our flesh, any present suffering is not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed IN us (Romans 8:18).
God is revealing His glory IN US, and it is the glory of the risen Savior. This is what it means to be saved. It is not simply intellectually believing that Jesus died for your sins. Even the demons know this (James 2:19). It is having the very nature of Jesus Christ developed in you as you are transformed into His image (Romans 8:29).
People say that the pains of labor are quickly forgotten once the child for whom we have labored is birthed (John 16:21). So too we may travail in birth pains now as the work of the Lord is being wrought in us (Galatians 4:19). Yet, consider the end of the matter. We shall be as He is (John 14:12; I John 3:2).
Now is not the time to draw back. Now is not the time to seek comfort for your flesh. Now is not the time to give up because the way seems too hard...to the flesh. If we faint in the day of adversity, it is because our strength is small...and our strength fails due to sin (Proverbs 24:10; Psalm 31:10). Ask the Lord to renew your strength as you deny your flesh. When we are weak [in the flesh], we find our strength [in the spirit] in Him (II Corinthians 12:10). Press in all the more to the Lord [prayer, fasting, study, praise] and find your refuge in Him. He is a strong tower & a mighty Deliverer. Let God have His perfect work done in you so that you may be complete, wanting nothing (James 1:4).
I called out to the Lord in my distress and He answered me. The Lord is my ever present help...and He is yours too. Trust in Him.
"I will lift up mine eyes unto
the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD,
which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he
that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy
shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the
moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall
preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming
in from this time forth, and even for evermore." Psalm 121:1-8