Are you or someone you know going through a storm? As our church prepares for this Sunday's Gathering, join us in reading about how God is present when storms come. Accept the challenge to count our blessings and to make our lives count, even in the midst of tragedy.
Read Romans 8:22-25
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.
Why do you think Paul uses the word groan twice in this passage? Does it accurately reflect what it feels like to suffer? Does it picture the suffering of "the whole creation"?
Paul talks about groaning, waiting, and hoping. Is it hard for you, when you're in a season of groaning and waiting, to have hope? What is it that you have hope in? What does Paul say we are to hope in, to wait for? Ask God to focus your hope on the right things.