‘For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed’ (Rom 8:19).
Graduating with highest honours is not cheap. It’ll demand a life of sacrifice. Apostle Paul once lived a life of comfort, then everything changed because of this heavenly goal (Philippians 3:8). Many times he was beaten almost to death; endured dangers at the hands of friends and foes; emptiness, sleeplessness, hunger and thirst were his daily awful experiences (II Cor 11:23-29). Talk of discouragement he shared of it, but never give up. He even gloried in them by testifying that he was content with weaknesses, insults and difficulties for the sake of Christ (II Cor 12:10)
At a stage, you will equally yearn for relief as he (Paul) did. Whether God answers or not, I suggest to you that you relish in His sufficient grace (II Cor 12:9). Your fellowship with Jesus Christ will be the only anchor to hold on to at difficult and challenging seasons of life.
Paul decided that whatever the cost, graduating with highest honours worth it. In order to share of God’s glory, we must also be ready to share of His suffering (II Tim 3:12). Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us on that future day.
Therefore, encourage yourself with these words and fight on, good soldier of the cross.