The Groaning Will End
Sunday - May 31st
Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Romans 8:18-25
Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 6:1-4
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
Our world is groaning. It has since the fall of Adam and Eve. It will until Jesus makes all things new. But recently, the groaning has become more apparent. The news broadcasts of the last few months, weeks, and even days have been full of the groaning. A global pandemic taking lives and destroying the economy has dominated news broadcasts, websites, and Twitter. The injustice of the murder of a handcuffed black man by a police officer. The protests of that injustice being hijacked by rioters and looters in dozens of American cities. Images of the groaning.
The Apostle Paul told the Roman church of the first century that the whole earth moans with pain. It knows that everything is off. Nothing is the way God intended it to be at creation. Sin and its effects continue to wreak havoc all across the globe. Hurricanes, terrorism, greed, cancer, human trafficking, child abuse, riots, and racism are just some of the evidence of the aching of the earth. We see it on our various screens as breaking news flashes before our eyes. But, we see it in our lives, our homes, our communities. Our own failures, the wrongs others commit against us, and the natural problems of life all indicate that everything on planet earth is groaning.
But in Romans 8:18-25, Paul also says that all of creation eagerly waits for the hope of final redemption. What Jesus started in his death, burial, and resurrection will one day restore everything God created. The earth knows it. Creation anticipates it. Revelation chapter twenty-one says that there is a day coming when Jesus will wipe away every tear from the eyes of His followers. That will be the day when there will be no more pain, no more disease, no more sadness, and no more death. What a day that will be!
We who know Christ as our Savior are not exempt from the groaning of our world and our lives. We go through the same troubles in life as those who do not know Jesus. But, we go through them with hope. We can anticipate that when Christ returns, He will make all things right. We wait patiently for the final redemption of all things.
You cannot escape the images on our TVs, computers, iPads, and phones. These are troubling times. But, like creation, we who know Jesus as Savior have hope. We look for Christ's return for His followers. As he sets all things right, the groaning will end.
As we mourn over the groaning of this broken world, we can share our hope in Christ. Everyone around us is looking for hope. They will not get it from the new media. But, they can find it in Jesus! Let's go out of our way to point to the lasting, eternal hope found in Him!
The groaning of this world reminds us that it won't always be this way. One day Jesus will make all things new!