Are you groaning? Listening to national news today I found myself groaning a lot!
Romans 8:18-23 In this passage, Paul introduces a distinct contrast between the sufferings, corruption, and futility of the present world, and the glory that is going to be revealed in God’s beloved children. Paul had plenty of personal experience with suffering, social injustice, and intense persecution. Yet, he remained more than optimistic about the future-he was positively buoyant in hope!
Paul tells how way back in the Garden of Eden, Adam’s disobedience caused God to expel him and Eve from paradise, and subjected all creation to suffering. God did this in the hope that we would turn towards Him, and call out to Him as our Father and Creator in recognition of our dire condition.
Paul goes on to draw an analogy, likening the troubles we face to the pain of childbirth. He’s not the only author of Scripture to do so. Jeremiah (6:24) said, “Anguish has taken hold of us, pain as of a woman in labor.” (Having been in delivery rooms, I also recall that Jesus spoke of times when men’s hearts would fail with fear of what was coming on the earth!) (Luke 21:26)
Even when we think God doesn’t make sense, we can actually look forward to what lies ahead. We have supernatural hope in the midst of troubles. We need to be like Paul, and draw a sharp line between the troubles of this life, and that glory that will be revealed in us. Jesus also said, “When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” (Luke 21:28) And, “… be not troubled.” (Matthew 24:6).
Don’t miss this Sunday’s message, as Pastor Nate continues our series “When God Doesn’t Make Sense.” It will be a good reminder that while we live in a world filled with trouble, we have unlimited hope in God – even when He seems uncooperative. And, we can trust in Jesus, who is coming back to take over – in power, love, and glory!
So What’s Next at Summit?
An important, informational event; and, Baptism Bash!
As we prepare for our 2017 Capital Campaign, you are invited to join us for a special lunch:
Campaign Information Lunch
Sunday, October 23 following the 2nd service
RSVP here for lunch (and childcare if needed)
Our campaign will fund future ministry expansion and allow us to move forward. We’ll pray for God’s hand over the process, and you can meet Pastor K (who will be helping us with the campaign).
Baptism Bash is coming October 30! Baptism is not just a symbolic dip in the pool, it’s a life-changing event in which God works in miraculous ways. If you’d like to talk about that, just let me know. Or, simply register here.
Thanks and blessings,