How do we see the world?
Commonly people are held to fall into one of two categories: those who see a glass half-empty or a glass half-full. It is a start for considering how we might typically see the world, but both these are rather static world-views.
St Paul’s world-view is very different. He sees a world that is troubled, indeed one that is suffering – but a world that is in process of being set free.
Paul views all through an optic of hope – hope which has God as its ground.
- From what do you presently suffer?
- What gives you hope?
- What sustains that hope?
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 2
~ Translation of Scriptures: English Standard Version (c) 2001-9, Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
~ Commentary: (c) 2020, Allen Morris
~ Photo: (c) 2016, Allen Morris. Lourdes.