Oh Wow! So, the Bible says God Himself subjected the creation to futility? Is the whole creation in slavery to corruption? Literally, every living thing on earth has always died and will die. Now, that’s futility!
The Bible also says, “Do not say, ‘Why is it that the former days were better than these?’ For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.” (Ecclesiastes 7) You mean no life has ever enjoyed the good old days?
Sure, everyone including all creatures have good days and bad days, as well as average days. Some of us have more than others. Still, futility should teach us we all need something outside of creation to give us hope and life.
The passage in Romans 8 continues, “For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.” The Greek word “hope” can be literally translated “confident expectation.”
There is a confident expectation we can have that is well beyond the futility of this world. Thankfully, there is “something outside of creation” that gives us hope and life. That something is Some One. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8)
This week in America during these days and times of Thanksgiving, we can persevere and wait eagerly for God’s promise. Nothing in this creation can compare with the Creator Himself for giving us a confident expectation to live for.
This old world is filled with hate and fear. Maybe that’s not all bad. Since God causes “all things to work together for good,” maybe He’s teaching us that “those who love God” can even persevere over hate and fear while we wait for Him to show “to those who are called according to His purpose” all the good God has for those who believe and trust and love Him.
Give thanks to God Who loves us far above anything we could imagine.
Daniel L. Gardner is a columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at PJandMe2@gmail.com.