Today’s Scripture Selection: Romans 8:22-23

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for the adoption as sons (and daughters), the redemption of our bodies.”

I’ve never experienced the “pains of childbirth” – and my hat is off to all those who have.

But I do think it is a particularly powerful and appropriate way for the apostle Paul to speak in trying to describe God’s great plan for humanity.

Life is painful – we all know that.

It can be, and is often, wonderful and joyful.

But there is also great pain involved as God “painstakingly” works out His great plan for us all.

There is redemption – and sacrifice.

There is love – and the hate that must be overcome.

There is grace – and the wages of sin, which is death.

There is life – and hope – bought at a high price.

And all of this points to the cross of Christ; and the crosses we bear in His name.

So childbirth – and the pain involved with it – yes, I think it’s a particularly good metaphor for all that God as Creator is doing.

“For in this hope we are saved.”

Prayer: Lord, may my spirit groan inwardly in the hope of present – and coming – redemption.  AMEN.



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