“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.” Romans 8:18-19
Talk of suffering seems a little bleak to kick off a new week, but mercy, we feel it.
One glimpse at the newsfeed, and the terror and persecution and loss and sickness and natural disasters wreck us.
I feel depression and worry wrestle around in my heart, and I wonder what Paul was trying to communicate to his friends so many years ago and how his words can still encourage us now as we make breakfasts and make beds and fight hard not to let fear and headlines and hurrying steal away our joy.
Let’s back up to the verses just before we read that declaration:
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:14-17
And here we find our hope.
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and his triumph over death, we are reconciled to God as His children. And creation is waiting on us… waiting on us to cry out in praise to God and disciple our babies and hug our spouses and fight our fears with God’s truth and prayer and live today totally sold out and surrendered to the glory of God.
A sovereign, Holy God we can call “Dad.” Our Abba Father.
This assignment won’t always be easy. This world won’t always look nice. And the struggle will definitely be real. Yet, it is in these “God, just help me” moments, when the Holy Spirt draws us close and holds on tight and reassures us God is bigger than our giants.
Be encouraged we are making a difference in this world, friend. Creation is waiting on what we have to offer - as we trust in The Lord and make disciples of Jesus here at home and beyond.
And this is good news, friends.
This is our calling and our hope when so much looks hopeless.
God will use our story - however hard it may seem to bring about good.
Do not be discouraged.
This is the day the Lord has made. Let‘s get up and praise Him.
Fill our hearts with Your living hope. Be our strength when we feel like giving up. Cover us with Your grace and wisdom. We want to raise up Your sons and daughters to hunger and thirst for You. We know the world is waiting on them. Use this new week to grow and renew us and bring salvation - for Your glory, Your namesake. It is by the power of Your Holy Spirit, I am saying “Yes.” Lord, use me right where You have me today. All praise to You, King Jesus. Amen.