Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Future Hope - July 7, 2010

Romans 8:18-25 (New International Reader's Version)
18 What we are suffering now is nothing compared with the glory that will be shown in us. 19 Everything God created looks forward to the time when his children will appear in their full and final glory. 20 The created world was bound to fail. But that was not the result of its own choice. It was planned that way by the One who made it. God planned 21 to set the created world free. He didn't want it to rot away completely. Instead, he wanted it to have the same glorious freedom that his children have.

22 We know that all that God created has been groaning. It is in pain as if it were giving birth to a child. The created world continues to groan even now. 23 And that's not all. We have the Holy Spirit as the promise of future blessing. But we also groan inside ourselves as we look forward to the time when God will adopt us as full members of his family. Then he will give us everything he has for us. He will raise our bodies and give glory to them.

24 That's the hope we had when we were saved. But hope that can be seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 We hope for what we don't have yet. So we are patient as we wait for it.

So if we are faced with all of this trouble in the world that Jesus promised we would encounter, what are we to do? How are we to relieve ourselves from the stresses and pressures that occur when we are burdened by our troubles? God tells us through the letter Paul wrote to the Romans that to overcome the troubles, we are to look ahead to our future hope.

We live in a fallen world, and mankind within that world is fallen as well. But God gives us the assurance that we have something to look foward to. As a mother looks forward to the birth of a child through the pain and suffering of labor, so too all those who struggle through their own personal suffering do so in anticipation of something better in their future. This may not be realized in this lifetime, but God has given us a hope and glorious future that can only be realized through our belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

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