Thinking about suffering

Re:Verse reading–Romans 8:18-39 (day seven)

“The whole creation is groaning as in the pains of childbirth”–v 22.

I am thinking about suffering this morning.  Not trying to be morose.  Just honest.

Today is a day of prayer for the persecuted church around the world.  Sometimes these brothers and sisters slip from my consciousness.  Regular people, in every time zone, who declare faith in Christ and become targets of police action and public abuse.  I am thinking about them this morning.

But not only religious suffering.  I am thinking about children who are hungry and abused. About marriages torn apart.  About mental illness and physical illness.

Debbie Downer?  No.  Just trying to hear what the Bible says.  The whole creation groans. If you listen, you can hear it, too.

What outcome does God have in mind for the world?  What end will make this beautiful/cruel world worth it?

I am thinking about suffering this morning.  And also about glory.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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