Romans 8:18-26 (TNIV)
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Come and listen. What do you hear? It’s the groan of creation. Why does creation groan? Being subjected to frustration, creation was put into bondage to decay. Come and listen more. What else do you hear? It is the groan of “already not yet” coming from the children of God. Having been saved but we wait for more. Come and listen again. Is there anything more? Yes, it’s the groan of the Spirit – wordless intercessions for our sake. Yet in all of the groans, there is something even deeper and far greater. It is a pervading hope that rises above the groans and an eager expectation of something glorious to come. It is something unseen and unfulfilled, but yes we can patiently wait for it. Without condemnation, dread or hesitation, we can take hold of the unseen and persevere in waiting for our faithful God to fulfill all of His promises and to reveal the power, glory and honor of His Son Jesus Christ.
Response to the Transmission:
Let’s thank our Father God for the incredible gift of hope that He has given to us in Christ. And we experience this hope through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. How incredible that the Holy Spirit also intercedes even now for our sake! Let’s ask the Spirit to help us in our weakness as we wait in hope for all that is to come. Thank you, God. Thank you, Jesus.