Read Romans 8:22–27
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.
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. 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 do you think Paul compares the pain of the anticipation of our adoption to sonship and redemption of our bodies to the pains of childbirth? What are the similarities?
- What arises in you when you hear the phrase “redemption of our bodies”?
- In what areas do you feel weakness in this season of your life (physically, emotionally, relationally)? What help do you desire from the Holy Spirit?
Father in heaven, thank You for adopting me and redeeming my body. I am so grateful; any alternative is bleak, with death instead of life as the outcome. Help me to continue to live in this sweet anticipation of birth instead of in the expectation of death. I long for the end of the labor pains and the beginning of the everlasting life in Your presence as Your child. Remind me that any suffering or pain is just temporary and that the goodness and glory that awaits is beyond my comprehension. Open my eyes, Lord, to Your goodness and Your glory so I can experience Your kingdom and redemption here and now. Amen.
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