“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:22-27).
Today’s Morsel: The older I get; the more my flesh seems to locate more pain. Sometimes I want to complain about it, but then I think about Job, the Disciples of Christ, Paul, and Jesus Christ Himself, and I say to myself, it’s just weakness leaving the body. Paul said, "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." In other words, we are in a world of misery and death. David said, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all” (Psalms 34:19). Paul told the church at Thessalonica, “But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention” (1 Thessalonians 2:2). The apostles preached the word with much contention, and the Gentiles received it in much affliction and the Holy Ghost (1 Thessalonians 1:6). Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Gird up your loins and be ready, we are going to have painful situations and circumstances while we wait for Jesus to come, so we might as well get used to it and see it as weakness leaving the body.
Sing: He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, surely He bore all our sorrows and by His stripes we are healed.
Thought For Today: Pain is just weakness leaving the body.