Romans 8

Romans 8… day 21…

For the creation was subjected to futility,
not willingly, but because of him who subjected it,
in hope 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.
Romans 8:20-21 ESV

Because of mankind’s sin… creation was subjected to futility… not willingly… but because of Him… who subjected it…
And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you…”
Genesis 3:17 ESV
The earth suffered fallout… from man’s sin… 

…cursed is the ground because of you…

Creation did not suffer willingly… as Christ did… 
Being subject to His sovereignty… just as we are… the earth endures futility… 
Not only do we desire… freedom… release from the bondage of corruption… but all creation does…
The creation waits eagerly in hope… that it too will obtain the freedom… of the glory… of the children of God…
A freedom all glorious… without corruption…
Today… currently… we are all… still under the curse…
illness…
brokenness…
disease…
death…
which plagues all creation…
We live with the hope of the freedom… to come…
but even in brokenness…
hope… blooms…
I planted hope months ago… 
Tulip bulbs… deep in the ground… buried…
an exercise in waiting…
The last week or so… they began blooming…
I’ve watched their leaves… peak through the dirt…
get taller…
buds forming…
opening…

They are not quite what I hoped for…

These tulips are short…
imperfect…
marred…
battered by rain…
Yes… hope bloomed… but not to my eager expectation…
So… today… I’m reminded… 
of creation’s bondage to corruption…
my sin…
and the futility of this earth…
But… I also see afresh the need to not plant my hopes in the things of this world…
I need to invest all my hope… in His Kingdom… that is to come…

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