Devotion for January 11, 2018

ROMANS 8:18-23

The Future Glory
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,[a] including the new bodies he has promised us.

LEANING INTO THE FUTURE

All of creation…groaning? Though Paul’s language may sound weird, watching the news for more than three seconds confirms his conclusion that God needs to—and will—set all things right.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: In spite of his current trials, what is Paul’s hope for the world and for all believers? Why does this hope outshine his sufferings?

Q: How do the Biblical view of hope and the resurrection far outshine the world’s hope of temporary balance and contentment? Are you letting this hope change you?

Q: How can having Paul’s attitude towards change be a testimony to others?

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