I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
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It is not easy to trust in a hidden hope behind all that we see around us. We observe that history repeats itself; novelties wear off; promises are not kept; conflicts are not yet resolved; idealisms are tempered by settling and compromise. Our need for security and control can make us shrewdly distrustful of others, and even of God.
Thank God for the yearning and longing that Paul describes in Romans! We have been given a hope that is illuminated not by our worldly successes (“a hope that sees for itself”) but by God’s dream for the world (“hope for what we do not see”). No matter how discouraged or disappointed we feel toward the events of our lives, this holy hope cannot be permanently broken by the world, because it does not come from us.
What hopes and yearnings can I share with God today? Can I let these hopes play out on God’s terms?
Lord, we place our hope in you who will not disappoint us. Our hope is not determined by our worldly success but is rock solid in God’s dream for us. No matter how discouraged we feel toward the events of our lives, we know that you are always faithful.