What have you been waiting on the Lord for? A breakthrough? Healing? Deliverance from an oppressive situation? Our need and our pain reveal a greater glory that we were created for. Hunger suggests that we were created for food. Exhaustion says that we were created for rest and strength. Loneliness calls that we have a need for relationship.
We have everyday needs in the physical, emotional, social and spiritual. When we feel the need, it is proof that we were created for something more. In Romans 8:18-24 says, “
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who i have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
We are part of the groaning of creation. As we turn our eyes to Jesus and walk by faith, we experience the first fruits of the Spirit – that is we experience the beginning of the harvest of faith. We do not live in the experience of heaven, yet. But, when we walk by faith through the Spirit, we see a glimpse of our future glory with the Lord. We wait patiently for his promises to be fulfilled. This patience may times comes with varying degrees of suffering, as we live in a world that is fallen and broken.
Today, my dear brother in Christ, Pastor Zachariah of Kisii, Kenya sent me his message for his church. It was about the expectation of hope in Jesus for his promises to be fulfilled in our lives. His village lives 7 miles away from the closest water source. They experience a difficulty that believers in the West know nothing about. But, they do not give up hope. This is Pastor Zachariah’s word,
“In the Scripture, the life of a believer is compared to an eagle. It’s interesting that day after day, parent eagles sit on their eggs to keep them warm, unmoved by what’s not changing. They never feel the baby eaglets kick, and the eggs never grow any bigger. There’s no sign of life. But on day thirty-five, suddenly the eaglet starts pecking on the shell and is hatched.
While you’re waiting for a promise from God to happen, some things have to develop in the dark, in secret. God is bringing it all together in secret. You have to believe when there’s no sign on the outside that what’s inside is really alive. That promise God gave you (that egg so to speak) is not going to move or grow. You may not see any sign of life until suddenly the egg cracks open. God is saying, “Go sit on it. It’s still alive. Don’t let the circumstances fool you. Walk by faith and not by sight. Day thirty-five is coming!””
Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that you have called us to walk by faith and not by sight. Thank You that your power is working in the unseen realm to bring about your promises in our lives. We will live with a sense of expectancy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.