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.
Think of a time when you observed or experienced the pains of childbirth. What was it like just before and then just after the child was born?
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 words come to mind when you hear the phrase “redemption of our bodies”?
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. Lord, I long for the end of the labor pains and the beginning of the everlasting life in your presence as your child. Remind me, Father, 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 the tastes of your goodness and glimpses of your glory so I can experience your kingdom and redemption here and now.
Go A Little Deeper:
Read John 16:16-24 to see Jesus’ promise that our grief will turn to joy.