“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Romans 8:18-22
Paul was not ignorant or blind to the suffering of man and creation. He experienced more of them than most of us. Yet he still considered that the future glory far out weighted the present suffering.
This section talks about our freedom from discouragement. It deals with the problem of pain and suffering. It deals with our groaning. Creation is groaning looking for the coming of Jesus Christ to redeem the earth. Groaning is a prolonged, low, inarticulate sound uttered from or as if from physical or mental suffering. Creation is suffering just as we are from the sins of Adam and Eve. “Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31) Everything God created was good, but when Adam and Eve sinned it all changed. The earth is under the same condemnation as man. The glorious freedom that the children of God will experience will also be the same for the earth. Creation is not undergoing death pain, but birth pain waiting on the return of Jesus.
“In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all. The cow will graze near the bear. The cub and the calf will lie down together. The lion will eat hay like a cow. The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm. Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so, the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord.” (Isaiah 11:6-9) This is the day that creation is looking for.