For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.– Romans 8:22-25
Knowing that the whole creation is groaning together is a comfort when we’re groaning. We have the hope—the assurance—of everlasting life, but sometimes the challenges and pains of this earthly life make it hard to see the eternal future. But this passage tells us that, because of our hope, we can wait patiently even as we groan. If we could see eternity now, we wouldn’t need to hope. But even if we can’t see it, we have hope because we have assurance of what awaits us. Even if we don’t know exactly what it looks like, we know it will be far more amazing than we can imagine.
Lord God, thank You that I have the hope and the assurance of eternity with You. Although I may groan along the way, I know that the groaning, pain, and doubt will end in glory. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
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