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Eager Hope...

Romans 8:20, 21… Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.

We define the word eager in this way, relating to people, “wanting to do or have something very much”. We use other words to define eager, like anxious, impatient, yearning, longing, wishing, hoping, etc. I am sure by now, you are eager to see this pandemic be eradicated from our world and you are eager to get back to living your life around people with the freedom to go as you please and do as you please.

In our eagerness, we can become impatient, and then before you know it, you find yourself taking matters into your own hands and out of the divine providence of God. We interrupt God’s will for our lives with the will to do what we want.

From Romans 8, we discover that all of creation as been subjected to the curse of sin, death and decay. It wasn’t God’s original plan, but we changed the plan back in the garden by looking to ourselves for wisdom and direction. But, all of creation also longs for the day when it will join in with us in freedom to be what God had originally intended for us to become; new creations, redeemed and transformed! We wait with eager hope for a brighter and better day when we will be set free from death and decay!

Waiting develops patience in us. Waiting gives us the opportunity to strengthen our hope. Waiting creates in us a longing for something better. When that something better emerges in our lives, we must be ready to seize the day and the opportunity to change our hearts and minds. One day, we will experience freedom and what a glorious day of rejoicing that will be… hang on just a little bit longer! I promise it will be worth the wait!

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