Even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
If you stop for a moment and stay real quiet you may hear it. ‘You may hear what?’ You ask. The groaning; can you hear it now? Creation is groaning. It’s not a miserable, painful groan. It is kind of a groan of expectancy. It’s the kind of groan that mixes pain with joyful anticipation. Something really amazing is about to happen and creation is at a heightened state of expectancy. Many of us experienced something like this as children. Don’t you remember the painful, yet joyful, countdown as Christmas drew near? It’s coming was certain, the wait was part of the joy. That’s how it is today as we wait for the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. Just as we are waiting for Christmas we are really waiting for the real “Joy to the World’, that joy will burst on us suddenly just as His first appearance did. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on the groan that is all around us.
“Our sighs are sacred things, too hallowed for us to tell abroad. We keep our longings to our Lord alone. Then the apostle says we are waiting, by which we learn that we are not to be petulant, like Jonah or Elijah, when they said, Let me die; nor are we to whimper and sigh for the end of life because we are tired of work, nor wish to escape from our present sufferings till the will of the Lord is done. We are to groan for glorification, but we are to wait patiently for it, knowing that what the Lord appoints is best. Waiting implies being ready. We are to stand at the door expecting the Beloved to open it and take us away to himself. This groaning is a test. You may judge of a man by what he groans after. Some men groan after wealth-they worship Mammon; some groan continually under the troubles of life-they are merely impatient; but the man who sighs after God, who is uneasy till he is made like Christ, that is the blessed man.”
So we are waiting, we are waiting for Christmas but really waiting for something more. This time Jesus will not appear like a lamb, born in a manger. This time He will roll back the sky like a lion. His appearance is imminent, let the groan continue.