Groaning

Sometimes living in this world can leave you feeling like this:

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I read encouraging truth this morning and found comfort in knowing I am not alone in my groaning here on earth.

I read Romans 8.

Creation groans.

I groan.

The Spirit groans.

“For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will also be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.”

Creation groans under the brokenness of earth. Every spring we see it trying to becoming new. Blooms. Green leaves. Life. Yet, every autumn, creation ushers in the beginnings of winter. Death. Disintegration. Creation will one day be made new, delivered from the consequences of sin. Until then, we will have thorns and earthquakes.  Hurricanes and tornadoes. Fires and floods. Lord, as the seasons change, help me be reminded that one day this earth will be set free and made new and cry GLORY to Your great name!

“And not only this, but also we ourselves groan, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”

As a Believer, I groan. Even with the Holy Spirit alive in me and the fruits of His presence, I still groan for the redemption of this body.  I groan for sinlessness–in my own heart, first and foremost.  But also for every broken person walking this planet.  Have you watched the news lately?  Horrific stories spewed out at us day after day with no signs of letting up. Mothers killing their own children. Overdosing on drugs in staggering numbers. Hold-ups in every kind of neighborhood.  There are no safe places on this earth.  Broken people everywhere you look.  I groan when I think about the world my children are growing up in. I didn’t grow up in Mayberry, but it was a far cry from where we are today.  This is why hope is such a big deal. Hope in God. Hope in His promises. This world is not our final home. All things will be made new.  Lord, give me eyes to see what I cannot see and to live with contagious hope in You.

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

How comforting. He comes alongside creation and His children in their groaning. The Spirit provides us with the ability to hope, to live graciously on this earth. The Spirit helps God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We humans need Him in every way….to endure this broken world, to overcome discouragement, to find victory over sin, to submit to our husband, to love our children well, to be a good friend, to serve the less fortunate, to praise Him. We need Him for all the obvious reasons and for so many that we cannot even see.  He prays for me according to the will of God. I am thankful He groans for the day of complete restoration. Lord, Thank your for the Spirit who intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Help me find comfort in knowing that the Spirit groans for the spiritual welfare of all believers, and that includes me!

I am encouraged by The Word in Romans 8.  I am encouraged in my groaning to continue to HOPE and to wait eagerly for the day when all is made new and perfect–when The Lord establishes His kingdom of peace here on earth.

Romans 8:31 “What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?”

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