“…we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” Romans 8:23
Romans 8 is like a protein bar. It is packed with energy to help me keep my mind fixed on Jesus, and verse 23 resonated with me today. As a citizen of heaven I cannot find my home in this present world. As I look around I see pain, suffering, death and disaster. I see it in other people and I see it in my life. It wells up in me a cry of, “Maranatha! Come quickly Lord.”
We eagerly await the coming of our Savior who will make everything sad become untrue. He will unite us and creation in perfect unity and we will dwell with him for eternity. I feel this more intensely on some days rather than others, and today I feel it acutely. The eager wait for the completeness of our adoption as children of God is not a vain hope. It is a living hope that continues because it is bore up by patience and has tasted and seen the goodness of the Father. How much more there is to taste!
This verse makes me think and pray for the the child, Lord willing, we will adopt someday. My mind begins to wander to where he is right now. Is he born yet? How old is he? Where is he? Does he know he is an orphan? Does he wait with eager longing and hope for parents to come and adopt him and bring him into a family that will love him? God, please bring that awesome day soon when my wife and I can fulfill this joyful burden you have placed on our hearts to adopt, just as we wait with eagerness for your return and our adoption.