Waiting in Expectation
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 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. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
The other day, I found a pool of water near my furnace. The first thing that I did was make a phone call to a person I know who I bought my water tank heater from. It was in the morning and he said he would be there in the afternoon from 4 to 6pm. I looked it up on the web-site on what it could possibly be and spent time going up and down the stairs on seeing if I could do something with it. As the day wore on and it was now 5pm, I became anxious and contacted him again and spent the next hour looking out the window to see if he would arrive and help to fix my problem. He ended up coming after 8:30pm, so it was a very long wait.
Paul says that we have a hope for something that we do not yet have. He points out that we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. When it comes to our spiritual redemption, our inner Spirit should be groaning inwardly as we continue to wait for Jesus to come back to us. I know that physically and mentally, we don’t think or act like Jesus is coming back anytime soon. I’m not getting anxious and looking up to the sky, waiting for Jesus as I was waiting for the HVAC technician to come to my home to fix my HVAC problem. There is a longer-term patience at work as we wait in expectation and the hope that Jesus is going to transform us.