Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Nurturing God’s Creation
Romans 8:18-25
          

Philip Thomas
St. John’s MTC, NY

"...in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God."
 

In life, we are often faced with many adversities. By nature, suffering is inevitable. Many times, we let suffering define our life and every little aspect about us. In this particular passage of Romans, it is known that suffering leads to certainty. We are guaranteed the glory of our Father in heaven. It is crucial to comprehend that man will always sin – always has and always will. It is unavoidable. Due to our sinful nature, the current times are defined by sufferings. Throughout the course of history, there have been various catastrophes.
    Ever since Adam and Eve fell into sin, we are constantly battling the sinful nature. In the passage, it can be seen as written, “For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now”. “groans.. until now”. Paul evidently states that all of creation has been dealing with many trials for years and have been waiting for salvation, which will release all of creation from corruption. When the universe was magnificently made, death was not even considered to be part of God’s master plan. However, later on, it is revealed that through death, we will be restored to the way we originally were and will receive greater glory.
    As children of God, we are promised with glory. At the end of the tunnel, there surely is light and that is certain. We will have glory with God and He does not ever lie. He will come in the end to judge our enemies and redemption will be brought to His people. The hope of our salvation is definite. In verse 25, it reads, “But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it”. With hope for a better and certain future, we are able to breeze through suffering with perseverance.

PRAYER

Lord, we humbly ask of You to continue providing us with hope to persevere in all our sufferings. We thank You for allowing us to have a certain future with glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead - 1 Peter 1:3