“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 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.”
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the child shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the LORD, and their children with them. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, says the LORD.”
The world today should be a reminder to us of our own state with respect to the need for God in our lives. When we see photos of the world from space it appears beautiful and wonderful. But when we get closer and closer we see that it’s beauty is marred by plague, famine, earthquake, drought, and pestilence. When we look just at the surface we can easily forget that this world, even with its beauty, is still under a curse. Like the world, we too from a distance can appear glorious and wonderful but when we get down deep into ourselves we can see that we, like the earth, are in need of help. We are under a curse and even with the blessings we have in our lives we are afflicted with weakness, sin and pain. Romans talks about how the world is groaning like a woman about to give birth, waiting for the curse to be lifted. We too are waiting in faith for the return of our saviour Jesus the Christ. Our hope is waiting on the Lord. As we see in Isaiah the description of the world with the curse lifted is a very beautiful image. It is our hope.
May we realize that this world and our lives are not the way God intended it to be. There is something better, something more wonderful approaching and may our prayer be: come, Lord Jesus, come.