8 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 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. 27 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.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This has not been the easiest season of my life. It’s been weird and emotional and busy and stressful and anxiety-ridden. But dang, would you look at Romans 8? There’s a whole lotta hope in that.
My first semester of college was a lot easier than my current semester is. I overloaded myself and I think I’m finally learning that even though I can do everything, that doesn’t mean that I should. I took too many classes, got involved in too many extracurriculars, and have been stressing myself out over all the too much I’m doing. And sometimes I just get so gosh dang tired that I feel like I’m at my wits end. I get tired, I get lazy, I get unmotivated, I lose sight of the wonderful joy and hope ahead. I find myself get caught in the dreary day to day, going through the motions, lull of life. Often times, more than I’d like to admit, I hear about the concept of finding rest in the word of God and I like the thought, but never actually pursue that rest.
But today, in Romans 8, I felt an incredible amount of inexplicable peace in the Word. And I realized that maybe this is what people are talking about when they mention the rest found in God. In the excerpt I posted above, I bolded some of the pieced that stuck out to me. And I kinda wanna talk about them a little bit 🙂
- “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” From this I hear that even though my present circumstances may be painful, the amount of hurt can’t even begin to compare the with the amount of joy and glory and light and hope and love that is to come. The latter makes the former incredibly worth it. We will be reunited with Love Himself one day.
- “our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies” I think adoption is the coolest thing, and our adoption by God the absolute coolest thing. We are not choice, but we are still chosen. God wasn’t stuck with us. God didn’t need us. Heck, we even turned away from God and chose ourselves over Him. But He still chose us, He still pursues us. The greatest sign of this can be seen on the Cross, where Jesus went through hell to make God’s children blameless in His sight. God adopted us and chose us.
- “The Spirit helps us in our weakness…the Spirit himself intercedes for us” I was in a bible study the other day where we talked about intercession through prayer. The leader of the bible study asked us how often we intercede for others through prayer. When I heard this verse, I imagined the Holy Spirit watching over His people, helping us through weakness and praying for us as He intervenes on our behalf. That’s cool.
- “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” I reference this verse all the time. God uses all things for good. No hard season or painful trial or good thing is wasted. This gives me a ton of hope. There is a master plan that nothing we could do can mess it up.
- “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” Through Christ, we are a step above conquerors. Jesus already died on the Cross for everything we struggle with. Everything has been forgiven and the slate has been wiped clean. In all things we are more than conquerors. I don’t even know what is more than a conqueror, but I know that that’s cool and I like it.
While these 5 aren’t’ all the amazing things found in this passage, they’re a few of my favorites. I hope you’re able to find hope in Romans 8, too!!! God is good and He loves us and He works all things for good. I think that’s pretty darn peace-giving.