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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Complaing vs. Groaning

I am a complainer. We all are. Right? But, the people close to me hear most of all my complaints. (poor Bob) Sometimes my complaints are held in for a while until it is busting at the seams and it comes out hotter than ever... not always the greatest way.

But are all our complaints really complaining or are they groaning... when I say groaning I mean hurt and sadness from the evil that is wrong and needs justice. I think we hear complaining so much that we put it under the complaining umbrella when really the complaining is the way we are groaning for justice. Maybe we need to work on our groaning... but none the less we are sick of the evil "winning". (the bad guy never wins)

This week my Bible study has been focusing on sadness/aching. I totally get that. I mean how many times have I blogged about the aching in my heart? I have an aching for people I love who are lost and don't realize they need a Savior, I ache for the slaves of this world who feel like there is no way out, my heart aches for the abuse that goes on behind closed doors, I ache for kids who are exposed to things that darken their hearts and blind their eyes, I ache for women who are forced to sell their bodies for sex, my heart anguishes for human beings who believe they are worth less than trash, and my heart aches for the orphans who are left to feel no love, no touch, no embrace, and no laughter. My list truly could go on... and most of the time I have no words to express to God the agony I feel, but this week I have been comforted.

"Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory." Romans 8:18-30

My heart yearns for justice and peace and for my eternal home... but my groaning is not being ignored. The author and protector of life hears me! My Spirit I was given when I first believed in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior is pleading for me! Yes I am sinful and a complainer, but I am an heir of God's righteousness... I am in harmony with God's will and nothing is out of His marvelous hand. I have faith this aching in my heart is for my own good... because God works everything for my good. This pain is transforming me and not emptying me. It is softening my heart that can become hardened by the ways of this world. My Spirit is pleading when there are no words... and pleading for those with no hope.
 

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