April 10, 2009

Future Glory We Can Hope In

Romans 8: 18-25 is today's passage. All of creation suffers because of sin. Not just humans but all creation. And all of creation "waits with eager longing" for Christ's return. We too "groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies."

Sin has caused all of God's creation to suffer. From the garden of Eden to where the world is now, so many drastic changes have occurred in the way we live and the way the world works. Man and animals were friends. Food was plentiful and available. God walked and talked with man. And so many other things. No pain in child birth. No toil for man. But sin has changed all of that. The world is now a hard, hard place. Sin has made it a struggle and a battle. But again, the suffering of this present time is not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

We have hope; the redemption of our bodies. Verse 24 "For in this hope we were saved. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience." Sometimes I look at my life and my sin and my lack of faith and feel as though I may not be saved. But I shouldn't feel that way. I have hope in Christ. Sometimes it may not seem like I have "proof" of God or evidence of Him in my daily life, but I can hope with patience for Christ's return because He promised He would and that future glory will be revealed to me. I can take comfort in the knowledge of His sacrifice on the cross, saving me from sin and becoming the redemption of me body. Christ died to save me from my sin. Although sin has changed the world so dramatically, my God is able to overcome the sins of the world and save me. All to His glory and the glory to be revealed to us.

Praise God for the Hope we have in Christ and the Revelation of His Glory.