A Waiting Creation

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 8:18-25

The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. (v. 19, NIV)

Our world has been battered of late: a destructive tsunami in southern Asia, a devastating earthquake in Pakistan, hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. We experience them every year—horrific natural disasters that kill thousands and cost billions of dollars of property damage.

These are all examples of nature’s writhing and groaning in pain. God subjected creation “to frustration” when human sin entered the world. Remember what God had said to Adam? “Cursed is the ground because of you” (Genesis 3:17, NIV).

Moreover, creation longs to be set free “from its bondage to decay.” That is, the present universe eagerly awaits the time when it will be rejuvenated as a “new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13, NIV). The time for that has been set by the Father—at the same time that God’s children will receive their new, resurrected bodies.

When you encounter the frailty of the human body, you cannot help but think of the coming resurrection. And the next time you read of a natural disaster, realize that nature itself wasn’t meant to be this way and is longing for that same day when its groaning will be over.


Dear God, I look forward, with the whole creation, to that day of days when all pain and suffering will end and all things will be renewed. Amen.