Anticipate Your Freedom
We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:23 (NIV)
Christians experience two kinds of groaning: There is groaning that comes from the pains and burdens of this life (see 2 Cor. 5:4), but that is not what Paul is talking about here. This is the groaning of those who know that what God has prepared is so good that they can hardly wait to get there.
Imagine that you are leaving next week for a family vacation to Hilton Head. You have been there before, and so you are pretty excited. Someone asks you, “Are you looking forward to your vacation?”
To which you say, “What time is it?”
“It’s almost noon,” they say.
“It’s 142 hours till we leave!” That’s eagerly awaiting! That’s the groaning of anticipation.
What God has planned for you is not just better than life at its worst; it is better than life at its best—better than dating or marriage. It is better than kids. It is better than sports. It’s better than a vacation in Hawaii. It’s better than golf, or travel, or retirement. It’s better than money and better than sex. It’s better than any joy you can imagine in this world.
David wrote these words “Your love is better than life!” (Psa. 63:3). David was the king—he had all the power and money and women you could imagine. So, he is not talking about life at its worst. He’s talking about life at its best, and he says, “Your love is better than life!”
Is your anticipation of what God has planned for you so strong that you are groaning with anticipation?
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