Whether it comes from betrayal, neglect, abandonment, or from a broken bone or failing health – the result is some kind of emotional or physical pain. When I look back on my life, I remember the physical tension of my aching body or the chest-tightening ache that came from a broken heart. My greatest hope in times of pain is that you will bring me healing. Thank you that I never have to worry you haven’t noticed my pain. How compassionate you are to comfort me in my hurts. On the other hand, there are times when I hurt so badly that I forget about you, Jesus. I become completely focused on how to stop the pain. But you never abandon me. When I feel alone in my hurt, it is often because I am concentrating so much on easing the pain of my problems that I have forgotten you have promised to help me in my difficulties. Thank you that you never leave me. I find comfort in your promise to be with me and give me hope and purpose in the midst of my aching body and soul.
Ron A. Beers
And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved.