It may be another one of those overused phrases in our culture but it perfectly expresses the point of a very important section of Romans 8, “The struggle is real.” Sometimes I feel alone in the struggle. In other words, it feels like I am the only one that is struggling. The truth is, the whole creation is struggling! The birds, the fish, the mammals, the earth and probably even the Spring Peepers! When Adam and Eve sinned, they thrust the whole creation into a struggle, in fact Paul wrote that the “whole creation groans and labors.” Have you ever wondered what the earth and all that is in it will be like once the curse is lifted? Will Mourning Doves still mourn? Will mosquitoes bite? How much happier will a Chickadee be when the curse is lifted? I’m even interested to see what a glorified Cat is like ?. What does it mean that the “trees of the field will clap their hands?” This is what we are headed for as believers! In the new Heaven and new Earth believers will reign with Brother Jesus over a glorified creation. Paul didn’t give many details but God did give you an imagination, (and I suspect it will be better than we can imagine). We will not be able to create Heaven on earth, but it is coming! The King will return and the changes will be so profound and so glorious that I think we will have a hard time remembering the days we are in right now. “We hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”
I told you last week that my Grandma Shaw let me drive her car to Prayer Meeting one particular Wednesday evening. If she really knew what was under the hood of that Chevelle, she probably wouldn’t have let me. In fact, she probably should not have let me. It was a two door car and not particularly heavy but it had a V-8 and all kinds of horse-power. I was 16 at the time and that was a dangerous but glorious situation. The days of the muscle cars are not necessarily over but we are more concerned today with leaving a small carbon footprint than we are about quarter mile speeds. Today efficiency matters more than power for most of us. However, as believers who long for life, we need power. We need more power than our humanity can deliver. As I said, believers are often unaware of what is under the hood in their own lives. Theologically, we may acknowledge that the Holy Spirit lives in us but how that works out in our practical everyday struggles is another matter. As we start Romans 8 this week, we’ll learn a little more about what is under the hood for the believer and how to get that power to the pavement. This has sure been a timely study for me. My weaknesses are many and I know the inability of my flesh to overcome them all too well. I hope you’ll be able to join us Sunday (and maybe gather a few others for some fellowship ).