Rom.8:19 – Amp – For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].

I have been thinking all week about my recent walk on the lakefront just before sunrise where I had an unusual sense of creation in a state of waiting. It was as if the trees and the little creatures were in joyful expectancy of the breaking dawn. As I reflected on this special moment it began to dawn on me, all of creation is living in a state of waiting, waiting for the liberation from the curse that will suddenly break in on all of us at the return of Jesus. The existence of this expectancy guarantees its fulfillment because this anticipation comes from God alone. In the life of the Christian this expectancy increases as we walk in the Spirit. The spirit groans within us, not a groan of sorrow but the groan of kingdom anticipation. Here is how Barclay describes this wait.

“In verse 19, he (Paul) uses a wonderful word for eager expectation. It is apokaradokia, and it describes the stance of someone who scans the horizon with head thrust forward, eagerly searching the distance for the first signs of the dawn breaking – the daybreak of glory. To Paul, life was not a weary, defeated waiting; it was a throbbing, vivid expectation. Christians are involved in the human situation. Within, they must battle with their own evil human nature; without, they must live in a world of death and decay. Nonetheless, Christians do not live only in the world; they also live in Christ. They do not see only the world; they look beyond it to God. They do not see only the consequences of human sin; they see the power of God’s mercy and love. Therefore, the keynote of the Christian life is always hope and never despair. Christians wait not for death but for life.”

So what are you anticipating in the days ahead. As you pray in the Spirit, this joyful anticipation will deepen and settle inside of you. Like the oak trees waiting on the morning sun, we find ourselves in joyful expectancy of God’s new day. In the mean time we deal with day to day life and do our part in letting the people in our world know the new day is drawing near.

2 thoughts on “EXPECTANT”

  1. Today I will acknowledge and include God in my activities, not because I’m supposed to but because I have become dependent on receiving from Him. Can’t do it on your own? Thank God, no!

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