Today’s reading: Romans 8:18-11:10
My selection: Romans 8:20-21
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
My reflections: The children of God have freedom. That freedom is related to glory.
- The glory of no condemnation (8:1). Free from guilt.
- The glory of being led by the indwelling Spirit of God (8:14). Free from abandonment.
- The glory of being God’s children (8:16). Free from worthlessness.
- The glory of being heirs of God (8:17). Free from poverty.
- The glory of being redeemed from dying bodies (8:11). Free from death.
We still suffer but there is the hope of glory to come. In that day, we will experience fully the glory God has given us now as a foretaste, and we will be free from the desire or need to escape the present suffering which we are leaving behind. We will truly lack nothing because we will be completely filled with the glory of God.
My challenge: If you know God through Jesus Christ, praise Him for the glory and freedom that is yours and that is still to come. Reject any lesser distracting glories of the kingdoms of this world. Let your heart be filled with Him and His glory. You will be free, free from discontentment, free from emptiness, free from the longing for other things that can never satisfy.
Tomorrow’s reading: Romans 11:11-15:13