The ‘More Than’ Crisis Remedy by YONI KOSKI JULY 2, 2020
How should we live in the face of a global flood of sin, a deadly pandemic, looming financial crisis, riots, international conflicts, terrorism, growing anti-Semitism and Satan’s bold moves to take over our world? Should we retreat into a perceived protective bubble, or is there a better place to be?
Paul says that it is not only us human beings who suffer in this world: “The whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 9:22-23). God knows that this world is difficult to live in and is becoming even more so, but the terrible pain of childbirth is eased by the anticipated child. As with an expectant mother, we choose where we focus our minds: Yeshua’s glorious return and the Sabbath rest of the coming millennium, as well as our redeemed, heavenly bodies, which “will be like his [Yeshua’s] glorious body” (Philippians 3:21).
While we live in this mortal body, Paul tells us that patience is important, “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently” (Romans 9:25). We understand that just as in child-birth there is a schedule and an outcome, we are in an unstoppable process, with a glorious end. Impatience speeds nothing, but the waiting only increases the ultimate joy.
Our prayers must also be patient. God knows that in our pain we struggle sometimes even to find words to pray and can barely do more than cry out to him, yet he both gives us our groanings and interprets our prayer language.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.