All Creation Groans

Apr 17, 2024 | Hope

“22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth
right up to the present time.
23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits
of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship,
the redemption of our bodies.
24 For in this hope, we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes
for what they already have?
25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
We do not know what we ought to pray for,
but the Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans.
27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit,
because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
Romans 8:22-27

All| creation groans means in this imperfect world, everything God created, even the earth in all its fullness groans. The earth God created is in an imperfect state. There are hot and dry deserts, muddy creeks and rivers, thistles and bristles, long winters, patches of land where nothing grows, rainy days and lack of sunshine, nothing is perfect nor will it be perfect until the day Jesus returns and creates the new heavens and the new earth.

This is how the prolific writer and preacher Charles Spurgeon writes about creation groaning:

“See how it often weeps in the superabundant rain that seems like a minor deluge.

Note how, at times, creation’s very bowels seem to be tossed and torn with pain and agony by

volcanoes and earthquakes.

Mark the tempests, tornadoes, hurricanes, and all kinds of ills that sweep over the globe,

leaving devastation in their track; and the globe itself is wrapped in swaddling

bands of mist, and shines not out like its sister stars in its pristine brightness and splendour.

The animal creation, too, wears the yoke of bondage.

How unnecessarily heavy have men often made that yoke!”

Doesn’t that wrap it all up succinctly?

Thank-you Reverend Charles Haddon Spurgeon for putting into words what we could only grasp

at expressing so well.

As we move on to Romans 8 verse 23, we learn or re-learn, that as believers who have the Holy Spirit of God living on the inside of us, we too, groan inwardly (like all of creation) but we long for the redemption (or renewal) of our bodies when Christ Jesus returns to earth.

I have hardly entertained that thought until last June, while in St. Lucia, I injured my knee. I had a small surgery to remove bone fragments the size of a marble. However my knee has not healed as it was supposed to. This past week a saw a medical professional who informed me the knee cap has slid off centre. The outcome is lots of physiotherapy exercises, laser therapy, osteopath massage, even an ultrasound and x-ray to find out more.

This the outcome for someone who was always active and fit. It is humbling and my eyes are upon the Great Physician for His healing, and those whom He will use to assist me in finding the healing my body needs. In the meantime I have been groaning inwardly (and outwardly too) as I deal with pain and frustration and I await the redemption of my physical body someday.

In the meantime I intend of Lord Willing, working hard to get my health back! I aim to do my part to be healthy and whole (as far as it depends on me) while in this broken world. The sinful world we live in affects even our physical bodies and the surrounding landscape/creation.

Thanks to God, the Spirit in us helps us wait patiently (and sometimes we are not so patient) for the day when all things will be made new. The groaning creation, our imperfect physical bodies will be made new!

In the meantime the Spirit of God helps us in our weaknesses. He intercedes for us through “wordless groans.” Aren’t you thankful you have a God that intercedes for you when you are too weak to pray?

So as we try our best to wait patiently, bumps and bruises, wounds and all, we lean on God to give us His help as we await the dawn of a new beginning, a perfect world order, a flawless earth. A perfect physique. Paradise. Perfect. Home with Jesus. Forever perfected, forever made new.




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