Sunday Devotional: Romans 8:18-25

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Romans 8:18-25)

There are times when we struggle.  There are times when we are suffering.  That is a part of life here on Earth.  But those who are followers of Jesus have hope.  We have hope of what is to come.  We know that we will be redeemed.  That creation as a whole will be redeemed.  We know that there will be a new heaven and a new earth.

So the struggles that we go through now will pale in comparison to the beauty that is to come.  So while we struggle through tough times now, we have the assurance that brighter days are coming.  We have the assurance that God is with us now and will be in the future.  And we have the hope of a future where we get to enjoy being in the presence of the Lord forever.

This week, let us rest in that assurance.  Let us remember that hope.  And let us endure in that hope.

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