Devotional for Wednesday, April 14, 2021


ROMANS 8:22-25

ROMANS 8:22-25

22: For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23: 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. 24: 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? 25: But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.


Friends, we see the world as it is, physically decaying and spiritually infected with sin. But we do not need to be pessimistic because we have hope for future glory. We look forward to the new heaven and new earth that God has promised, and they wait for God’s new order that will free the world from sin, sickness, and evil. In the meantime, Christians are to go with Christ into the world, to heal people’s bodies and souls and fight the evil effects of sin in the world.

We will be resurrected with the glorified body Christ now has in heaven. We have the “foretaste”, the first instalment or down payment of future glory – the Holy Spirit, as a guarantee of our resurrection life.

It is natural for children to trust their parents, even though parents sometimes fail to keep their promises. Our heavenly Father, however, never makes promises He won’t keep. Nevertheless, His plan may take more time than we expect. What are we waiting for? New bodies, a new heaven and a new earth, rest and rewards, our eternal family and home, the absence of sin and suffering, and being face to face with Jesus! Rather than acting like impatient children as we wait for God’s will to unfold, we need to have confidence in God’s perfect timing and wisdom.

Thought for the day:

Nevertheless, His plan may take more time than we expect.


1. Have confidence in God’s perfect timing and wisdom.
2. Trust the Lord for grace to patiently wait.


1. Thank the Lord for being trustworthy and faithful.
2. Heavenly Father, may I never betray the privilege of being a joint heir with Christ in the name of Jesus. Amen!

Rev. T. D. Oka

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