We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:22-25
My mother used to tell me to stop groaning when I was a kid usually when I didn’t get what I wanted. We all have done it at one time or another. I know I am still guilty of it a bit even now.
Groaning can be an expression either verbally or inwardly of weariness, frustration, stress, or even pain. In these verses groaning has a positive connotation because it is anticipating something exciting and thrilling yet to come even though there is pain associated with the expectancy. All of creation has been groaning since sin entered the world and it waits to be restored.
As the followers of Christ, we know through the Spirit something better is just at the doorstep. We can sense it and even relish in the anticipation. We may groan while we wait but when Christ appears, we shall be like Him and see Him as He is (1 John 3:2).
This is the patient hope we have in the anticipation. Some say anticipation is better than realization. In this case, I think not, I know not! As the birth pangs grow closer together each day, be encouraged and full of hope for our redemption draws near.