Category: Daily Devotionals

Focal Passage:  Romans 8:18-29

Romans 8:24-25 “For in this hope we were saved.  Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

It is extremely difficult sometimes in this life to imagine what God is doing.  What we see is certainly not what we were promised, but God is the One who promised it, so we live in hope for it.  However, that does not take away the difficulty in imagining what it will be.  That is, by very definition, hope.  Hope is that thing we hang onto when we can’t see or imagine how it will ever be.  But we’ve been promised that it will be, so we look to it eagerly, anticipating its culmination.  God has promised us an inheritance in glory, one that will make even the worst things here seem like nothing in comparison to its brilliance.  Even though we cannot imagine it at times while living in this time and in this place, we trust in our Father who is faithful and true.  He has promised us eternity, and our salvation is in that hope.

Study/Meditation:  How does the hope of our future glory help you face today?  How can you explain it so that it can give hope to another?

*Father, I trust You, my loving Abba Father, and I believe in Your promises.  Thank You for giving me an inheritance in glory that I can look to as I live in hope.  Amen.

Focal Passage:  Romans 8:18-29

Romans 8:23 “And not only creation, but we ourselves groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”

Paul uses two phrases in this verse that when translated appropriately mean “hope”—“groan inwardly” and “wait eagerly.”  The reason why we long and groan from deep in our souls is that we know this is not our home.  Our souls long for our inheritance; they groan in anticipation for the coming culmination of all God’s promises.  In addition, our souls are eagerly waiting on that day, looking toward it as a child looks toward Christmas or her birthday.  We are unsettled here, and that is as it should be.  God has for us, His adopted sons and daughters, a future so glorious that our very beings gravitate toward it, and in that we take refuge from this world and this day.

Study/Meditation:  Read Ephesians 2:11-22.  What more does Paul say in this letter to Ephesus about our adoption into the family of God?

*Father, I do long for that day when I will see You face to face, receiving my glorified body and living in eternity with You.  Help me while I am here to focus on that coming promise.  Amen.

Focal Passage:  Romans 8:18-29

Romans 8:21-22 “(…in hope) that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.”

The very beautiful premise upon which Paul frames his point is hope.  We must always hang onto the hope that has been given to us in Christ Jesus.  Paul says that all of creation shares with us this hope and that it hangs onto it much the same way that we do.  All of this world is imperfect at present, not just its people.  And all of this world waits in eager expectation for the coming King, Jesus Christ our Savior.  Outside of Christ there is no hope, not for us and not for this earth.  Remain this day in the blessed gift we have been given in Him—hope of eternity.

Study/Meditation:  How is the earth now in “bondage to decay”?  What does it mean that it, too, will be set free from this bondage?

*Father, I long with Your creation for the day of Christ’s return.  Thank You for giving me the hope of glory in Him.  Amen.

Focal Passage:  Romans 8:18-29

Romans 8:20 “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it….”

Paul wants believers to also realize that they do not experience the frustrations subjected to them in this fallen state alone.  In fact, all of creation has been subjected to the same fate.  The fall of man did not only affect the earthbound future of mankind, but it also affected all of the earth.  And notice what Paul adds at the end.  He adds that creation isn’t in charge.  Mother Nature or the earth mother or the elements or any other thing does not rule, nor do they decide theirs or anyone else’s fates.  There is only one God and He is completely sovereign.  He created all that is and He controls and patterns the course for all.  As R.C. Sproul once said, “Either God is the God over the entire universe, or He isn’t God at all.”  We serve and are loved by the awesome Creator God, the Lord of the Universe.  Fellow believer, take solace in that during this day of trial.

Study/Meditation:  How do we as believers take inordinate comfort in knowing that God is sovereign over all things, both good and bad?  How might you explain that to an unbeliever?

*Father, You are the Creator God, the Mighty One.  I give You all praise, glory and honor.  Amen.

Focal Passage: Romans 8:18-29

Romans 8:19 “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.”

How amazing is this declaration. Truly, Paul is telling us that not only is there nothing on this earth, either good nor bad, that compares to the glory we will see and experience in eternity, but it will be so wonderful that creation itself longs for that day. Everything that God created waits “with eager longing” for the day when God’s children will be glorified. This will be the culmination of God’s promises, our faith fulfilled, the glory revealed. If all of creation waits in anticipation of what we have been promised, how can we dwell on the cares of this world as if they are our defining elements? We have an eternity so magnificent in store for us that even the rocks long to cry out for it! These things are certainly worth our focus and our attention and our joy.

Study/Meditation: Why is it so important that our perspectives be correct when living in this world? How should our knowledge of eternity appear to a dying world?

*Father, thank You for what I know is in store for me. Thank You for choosing me to live in eternity in the unimaginable joy You have promised. Amen.

Focal Passage:  Romans 8:18-29

Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

None of us will deny the suffering we all endure.  Truly we live in a fallen world, and in that fallen world amidst fallen flesh, there is suffering immeasurable.  Sometimes that suffering seems as if it cannot be endured, that indeed we will be crushed under it, and it consequently becomes our reality.  Paul begins by recognizing this truth, but then he makes a startling declaration:  As horrible as it is here sometimes, this “horrible-ness” can’t even compare to the glory we will see and feel and know in eternity.  The very best thing and the very worst things you can imagine aren’t good enough or bad enough to be as wonderful as what awaits God’s children in heaven.  That is an amazing and wonderful truth!  We mustn’t minimize our sufferings here, because to do so would be to deny their validity as products of a fallen world.  However, if we can but for a moment remember that as awful as they are, there is no scale upon which to compare them to how glorious will be our eternity to come!

Study/Meditation:  What comfort does Jesus give us in John 16:33?  What does His overcoming the world mean in terms of this present reality and the sufferings therein?

*Father, give me the strength today to face the trials and sufferings in this life.  Help me remember that You have for me joy and glory beyond compare.  Amen.