Groans of the World

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Some days, it seems like the world is falling apart.  Friends abandon friends, people change for the worse, bullying happens.  Natural disasters devastate communities.  More than ever, teenagers are falling into depression and committing suicide.  Life hurts.  Some days, we want to ask, “Where is the hope?” 

Since man fell, the world has been deteriorating.  Nations have been built and destroyed.  Lives have been created and lost.  Together, man and nature groans for relief.

Recently, I felt very discouraged with my life and the world.  There were many factors contributing to this.  I was near tears thinking about all that had happened.  Then, I remembered the Bible passage my youth group has been going through this Autumn, Romans 8.  This past Sunday, we studied verses 22 through 25.  It says that creation and we ourselves have been groaning, as though in the pain of childbirth, as we wait for Christ to come back.  When that time comes, our bodies will be fully renewed, and there will be no more pain.  We suffer as we wait, as a mother goes through pain before the joy of seeing her newborn child.

How I wait for the day of Christ, a day when I will fully experience my salvation!  Until then, I hope, and I wait patiently, watching and praying with my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Romans 8:24-25 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. 

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