Scripture Reading: Romans 8:18-25
“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.” (Romans 8:19)
Paul has been writing about suffering. He actually says that all the suffering of this present time is not worth comparing with the glory which is to be revealed to us one day in the future (v. 18). I long to see the glory and beauty of Christ. So do most Christians who understand something about His glory. But did you know that the entire created order also longs for the day when Christ comes back and we are glorified with Him?
The creation itself waits eagerly for this future glory. Remember that the creation also was deeply affected by sin — “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it” (v. 20). Because of the sin of Adam, God cursed the ground — “Cursed is the ground because of you, in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you” (Genesis 3:17,18). All of creation was affected by the fall. Earthquakes, violent storms, floods, draughts, and other such disasters are common now.
The creation waits eagerly in hope of the new creation — “That the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (v. 21). The creation is waiting eagerly to be restored to its pre-fall condition. This will happen when Jesus comes again and ushers in the new heavens and new earth — “But according to His promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (II Peter 3:13).
When Christ come again, He will restore all things. He will recreate the heavens and earth. There will no longer be decay, disaster, disruption and ecological imbalance on the earth. All things will be made new and perfect.
Lord Jesus, I long to see Your glory. I long for the day when You come back to make things right again. I know that you will make new heavens and a new earth in which only righteousness dwells. Come, Lord Jesus!
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