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15 December 2008

The Groaning of Creation

There is a small small part of me that feels bad for those us who really desire to see God change our world. It seems an uncharted, mysterious, whispered-about road that we're compelled to walk down. We COULD say no. But we can hear the groaning of creation beckoning us... and we're pulled by a force that is larger than life. In fact... it IS life itself.

The phrase "the groaning of creation" has been woven into nearly every one of my recent prayer sessions, worship times, and thought processes of late. It's the "what MUST be" of our present reality. The longed for fusion of heaven and earth. It's what intercessors feel and respond to with reciprocation.

I spent last night with some new friends who have heard the "groaning of creation". They responded to the beckon, and find themselves where so many of us stand together. In the pale light of our small lantern
of hope, surrounded by thick black being led by the sound of a voice at the end of the path... often not seeing our brother standing in the dim light beside us. We groan right back at the sound like a humpback whale looking for a date. And it's our good God who led us here. This is what Paul says in Romans 8:

Future Glory
18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

26In 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 with groans that words cannot express. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

Even Paul recognized that there are "sufferings" involved in functioning together with God to make His plans come to fruition. And it's BECAUSE we have been subjected to frustration by God. Why in the nertz would a loving God do that? Because keeps us dependent on following the Holy groans. I can't stop here for... there is a better camp site ahead.

This is why "hearing God" and praying "YOUR Kingdom come and YOUR will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven" is so important. Because we are in a place of weakness... and often even foolishness. When we stop and think our way out of the dark path, our logic tells us we're lost. But we know better. We can HEAR, FEEL, TASTE, SMELL the childbirth already in process and we know that we MUST be there to see that baby born. The Cities of God.

I love U2's song "40" from Pslam 40 where it says:

"I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the Lord."


The refrain that Bono sings in 40 is "how long to sing this song" echoing the lament of many of David's songs. How long God?? How long?? As he hears us, He comforts us, reminds us that He knows full well how long, puts a new song in our mouth and packs us a picnic lunch of provision to make sure that we can focus on "seeking YE first".

Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.
It's the groan of creation.
Long live the King.
I will follow him.



1 comment:

Sarah said...

Great post! Having just given birth to my second a few weeks ago, that phrase "groaning as in childbirth" has a particular resonance....;-)

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