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.
Our sin never stops with us. No matter how small or how hidden we think it is, it oozes out to the people and world around us. The flood that God used to destroy the face of the earth is a physical manifestation of sin. One decision by Adam and Eve, and a tidal wave crashed upon the rest of humanity. Did you ever stop to think that sin doesn’t just affect humans?
God’s creation was perfect. Sin made the flowers fade. Sin made cells to grow in a way that forms cancer. Sin brought death. The planet we walk on is the same bondage to death that we are. It is no wonder that Jesus said the rocks would cry out if we refused. The truth is that all creation needs the cross.
Jesus has rescued us. Yet don’t you still feel like a captive some days? Does your body hurt? Do you wrestle with anxiety? Do you worry about your family? Do you wonder when “this” season is going to end? Maybe you are not among these questions, but you still wonder.
Paul couldn’t see eternity any more clearly than we can right now. Paul had seen Jesus. Paul experienced Jesus. Paul knew that Jesus is worth it all. Rather than focus on the pain of here, Paul chose to look off into the horizon. Over there was a glory that will be revealed.
Some days are worse than others. Some days are better. All of those days, following the Jesus that gave Himself to rescue us, are worth it. You have seen a glimpse of His glory when He saved you. Just imagine when you get to see it all. The end will make all that we endure worth it. Praise God for that.