Meditation Commentary on Romans 8:21-24
21because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?
Wait: 1: to remain inactive in readiness or expectation. 2: to be ready.
Patient: 1: Bearing pain or trials without complaint. 2: showing self-control : calm. 3: steadfast, persevering.
The act of waiting is something that is generally a hard thing to do. I think of a child who is waiting for Christmas day to arrive so he can open the presents under the tree that he has so anxiously been awaiting. Children offer such vivid examples of waiting; usually illustrating the fact that waiting patiently is a hard task to carry out. When I tell my brother John that I am going to do something special with him, like playing army, building a fort, or shooting guns, he generally reminds me of my promise numerous times before the actual time of our activity arrives – he is very persistent; sometimes impatient.
As children of the almighty God, how do we conduct ourselves in waiting on our Heavenly Father? “Waiting on God” is a phrase that is not uncommon to hear among Christians. In seeking God’s will on a certain issue, are we usually able to pray and say, “Lord, show me Your will,” and BOOM! the heavens open up and the audible voice of the Lord calls down to us, revealing His will? Generally, this is not the case. Often, God requires a time of waiting on the part of His children.
Often times, waiting on God is something that is not easy to do. It is easy to become anxious and self-centered concerning issues that are before us. The importance of waiting on God is evidenced when we go to His word and find reference after reference pertaining to the subject. One such verse is Psalm 40:1: “I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.” If you notice, it does not say, “I asked anxiously of the Lord…” It says, “I WAITED patiently for the Lord…”
In meditating on this passage, I am reminded that often times I need to just “settle down” in the Lord. God is in control, and I am not. What a blessing it is to be able to rest in the fact that “our God reigns!”