Romans 8:18-27New International Version (NIV)
Present Suffering and Future Glory
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[a] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 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. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
Why does God let us struggle?
I am typing this as I prepare to speak to local youth on this same subject. Sometimes the easiest way to see these things as God meant is to simplify it in forms easier understood by children.
Let me start by saying, I feel like God has blessed me with more than I ever deserve. As humans, I feel like many of us (myself included) start with our meter at 100, and start subtracting things that we do not have that we would like. Instead, I feel like I have started reversing this to start myself with what I deserve. I should start it a “0” so that I can add all of the things that God has chosen to add to me in regards to blessings. This has allowed me to focus on the things that He has given me, instead of focusing on thing that I feel have been taken away.
As Christians, we will end further on the right side of 100 when our final time has come. The obstacles that we face in between our birth and death will vary, but they are ordained by our Creator. This should give us a peace. One of the examples that I used when speaking to someone last week dealt with human fascination with Spartan and Obstacle Course racing. The end result for someone in these races is a warm bed just as the person that didn’t compete that day (Except for the really awesome people that do these multiple day races). These people relish in the obstacles that are given to them during the day. We, as Christians, should view our lives in terms of an obstacle race. At times, it seems that the obstacles are impossible. If you look at the race as a whole, it can be overwhelming. If you take each as they come, they become manageable.
The part that should make it easier for Christians is that we don’t have to run our race alone. God has ordained, and will help navigate, our race of life until the finish line. We just have to seek the navigation.
Important Footnote: My race example mentioned a warm bed. Have you counted that in your blessings? Try starting your day at “0” and add up everything as a blessing. Watch how that shapes your perspective.
Never been to the top but I’ve seen the bottom, Well at least I seen what I think is bottom, But we all believe that we done seen it all until we meet somebody from beneath the bottom and the things we whine about daily they don’t even see as problems, Honestly with all I’ve seen it’s kinda hard not to think that we the problem. “Surrender” by rapper Bizzle