CATASTROPHE AND THE EXPECTATION OF THINGS TO COME

CATASTROPHE AND THE EXPECTATION OF THINGS TO COME

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
Rom.8:19

When tragedy begins to strike the earth, the expectation of the Christian soars. We don’t know exactly what is coming, we only know it will be beyond all our hopes and dreams. Paul said that the birth pains of the groaning creation awakens an “earnest expectation” in His children. That phrase, earnest expectation, is one word in the greek new testament. It’s meaning is quite descriptive, it means literally to stretch out your neck in anticipation of what is coming. The picture Paul paints is that of a spectator at a race, stretching his neck to look over the crowd to catch a glimpse of the finish.
When we hear of the increasing number of prophetic events being fulfilled, something inside of us begins to pulse with excitement, we know that something special is about to happen.
In today’s verse, the apostle Paul gives us a hint at what that might look like. He says what is coming next is the manifestation, or the unveiling of the sons of God. That is our great hope, that is what life is all about. We were made for eternity, nothing else can possibly satisfy our hearts. After all, deep inside our hearts we know that there is more, a whole lot more.
These present calamities are speaking to the world, creation itself is calling out for God’s glory to be revealed. Creation is all about the revealing of God’s glory. That is what this vast creation does, it declares His glory.
So why is creation groaning? It is longing for the greatest display of God’s glory reserved for these last days. And what could that be, it is the unveiling of His glory in this fallen race. Millions of sinners; the drug dealers, the prostitutes, the pimps, the crooked politicians, and the average guy, all of those who have been born of His Spirit, will be changed in a moment of time. We will be clothed with His glory, we will be like Him. That is why creation is groaning. The King is returning and the great display of His redeemed sons and daughters will begin. At that instant the groaning will end and the singing will begin,
“For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

3 Replies to “CATASTROPHE AND THE EXPECTATION OF THINGS TO COME”

  1. ill i can say is praise the lord! at the same time it gives me a burden for the lost, we have our hope in jesus, there are still many out there that dont know the lord, i for one have many friends and some family members, they all need our prayers, we all have those in pur lives and the ones we meet shopping and we run into in our goings i pray for the lord to open doors to share him, also spend time with brothers and sisters that are having a hard time maybe the lord will give me something to say, but sometimes just be a friend and keep them in prayer, be ttthere for them, this is a time of history in the church that the body of christ is startingt to come together as one, we could not have put on experience Jesus cursade with out the help of two other fellowships, the unity was from the lord, souls were saved now many filled with the holy spirit and growing none of this would have been possible with out gods children coming to gether as on one lord his body in unity in the holy spirit, i pray to keep in site every day to redeem the time we are in.

  2. Being a child of the one true God does not change the events that are or will happen. What being a child of God does is change our response to these events. I would be untruthful to say my first reaction to catastrophe is not the knee jerk reaction of “OH NO!!!!!!!” But then I remember what Christ said in John 16:33. “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” MY GOD SAID THAT – YAHOOO!!!!!!!
    Then as God voice shakes the very foundations of this world and every man based concept crumbles and the lost run for their lives – the children of God dance to the sound of His thunderous voice because they know Him and in all tribulation they have security in knowing Him which manifest itself in PEACE. This is one way the sons of God will be revealed to this world that we may bring glory to Him while reaching out to the lost.

  3. For all the pets who daily teach their so called superior human owners unconditional love, especially those owners who have been reborn into Christ as His adopted children, I offer the following Word of hope for these wonderful Godly creatures of true agape love: “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” Romans 8: 21-22.

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