Do you hear it?
The groaning? All creation is groaning.
The trees. The oceans. The animals. You and me.
We all groan together. Day and night.
Through corruption in pain and frustration we groan.
And in eager hope of redemption we groan.
Deep down we know that even while we endure our sometimes overwhelming challenges, that this, too, shall pass. That something better ~exceedingly better~ is on its way.
In all our groaning, we must be mindful never to allow our temporary pain and frustration to outweigh our eternal hope of redemption.
In other words… eternity trumps the clock.
Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
Romans 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;
Romans 8:21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
Romans 8:23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
Romans 8:24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?
Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.