“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 as sons, 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 he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:22-25
As I’m writing this I’m waiting for a phone call telling me a grandchild is on the way. The official due date has come and gone. We grandparents, as well as the parents, are impatiently awaiting its arrival. I say “its” because no one, including the parents, know if its a boy or a girl. This adds another component to the anxiousness. We’ve been hoping and praying a long time for this child. Now that we are so close to the reality of seeing him or her patience has flown right out the window.
Yet, the Apostle Paul tells us that anything worthy of our hope we must “wait for it patiently”. That is not an easy thing to do. On a larger scale, look at our world. It’s a mess. We are told God is in control, but at the present time it appears the devil is getting the upper hand in many places. Deep down in our hearts we know God has already conquered Satan, however, Satan is to have his time, and he sure is taking advantage of that time.
God has a plan in place and it will come to fruition in His timing. We cannot control what others do. What we can do is keep our hope focused on the promises of God and remain patient. That’s a tall order when we see things falling apart around us. We want to see at least a glimpse of His plan being played out.
Maybe we are seeing God’s plan. Could the exacerbation of evil be the beginning of God’s ultimate promise of Christ’s return? We don’t know and we won’t know until it actually happens. We can only hope in what’s to come and be patient.
How can we maintain our patience and not become discouraged? Turn to God. Read the Bible daily. Be constantly reminded of the promises He has given us. Let your faith in God grow and soar. And live your life the best way you can by following examples set forth by Jesus Christ.
That’s what we can do. God is in control and everything that happens in our personal lives, in our country, in this world happens in His timing. Therefore, rely on Him, keep hope alive on things to come, and wait patiently.
Dear God, Lord over all creation, I believe You have control over everything. However, sometimes it is so difficult to remain patient while Your plans unfold for my personal life and for the world. Please give me the strength to keep my focus and hope on You and Your promises. Patience is a virtue, but impatience creeps in so easily. I need Your Holy Spirit to continually remind me that everything will work out in Your timing and according to Your plan. Thank You.
In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen