PowerPoint - Nov. 11, 2008
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- 2008 Nov 11
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.
You can’t turn on the television or read the newspaper without being reminded about the problems of the environment, wars, and failing economies. But is planet earth really in trouble?
According to our Scripture verse for today, “the whole creation has been groaning.” Whether it is the polluted seas, global warming, or deforestation, this is an age of suffering. And creation itself is suffering. You can hear the moaning of creation when the seas are in turbulence or the wind rages.
And the suffering includes all of creation. As believers in Jesus Christ, we are not exempt. Christians face personal tragedy, bad reports from the doctor, and other serious problems.
Maybe you are groaning from pain and tragedy. Are you drowning in a sea of doubts because of suffering in your life? You and I must understand that we live in a world that is affected and infected with a terrible disease—SIN!
When Paul wrote about groaning and suffering, he spoke from experience. He knew about great suffering. Paul was stoned and left for dead, beaten, imprisoned, thrown overboard.
Yes, we live in a broken, bruised, battered, and groaning world.
But Paul also tells us in 2 Corinthians 4 that our affliction “is just for a moment.” And despite the pain and suffering, Paul says our hurts are dimmed by the glory that is to come!
IF YOU ARE SUFFERING AS A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST TODAY, REMEMBER IT “IS JUST FOR A MOMENT.”