the world we walk and the air we breathe today is not what was intended. this was not the reality God envisioned for us when he created this place. we groan from the depths of our being for the day when all things will be restored, when all tears will be wiped away, all injustice and all oppression silenced.
today we groan
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.
for the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
we know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
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.
for in this hope we were saved. but hope that is seen is no hope at all. who hopes for what they already have?
but if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.