We like to believe that we we are basically good. We might have our moments when we don’t measure up and have our issues, but I have yet to meet anyone who thinks that he or she deserves the suffering experienced in life. Thus one of the great theological questions is:
If God is good, why is there suffering in the world?
In a few sentences Paul throws this question aside. First, you are not the only person suffering, and second, not even only humanity that suffers.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning
as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. — Romans 8:22
But most importantly, looking at suffering is looking in the wrong direction. We should instead look at the grandeur and glory about to be revealed by God who calls us heirs.
I will have more to say about Romans 8:12-25 on Sunday, July 23rd at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor