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2 Corinthians 5:1-8
1 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling,
3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked.
4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
Groan: stenazo, a deep sigh with grief
Longing: epipotheo, to desire with intense craving
Burdened: bareo, to weigh down or depress
All humans are designed by God with deep longings in their heart.
- longing for love
- longing for significance
- longing for safety
- longing for belonging
- longing for success
Believers have these longings and more...
- longing to see God
- longing for resurrection body
- longing for prophetic destiny
Unfulfilled longings lead to GROANS and BURDENS in this age of partial fulfillment.
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
3 My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation
6 and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.
8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
9 I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”
11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
Longings, burdens, and groans are a normal part of life on this side of the resurrection.
It is vital that the disciple of Jesus learn not how to remove them but rather how to steward them.
Enemy infused culture and religion twists our stewardship of a groaning heart.
- “You should never feel bad”
- “You deserve a quick-fix”
- “A good Christian does not deal with deep dissatisfaction, melancholy, or un-satisfaction”
- “You cannot fulfill your destiny if you live with ache in your soul or body”
- “There is a logical answer for our troubles and warfare”
Principles for Liberating Stewardship of the Groan in our Life:
1. It is biblically normal for my heart to have a groan or ache in this age before the resurrection.
2. Groans are best dealt with by “faith revelation” as opposed to “sight substance”.
3. I do not have to have the answer to every mysterious happening in my life in order to trust God and His goodness.
4. Delay of full heart fulfillment is a temporary reality that will be swallowed up by an eternal inheritance.
5. Often there is greater honor brought to God and us through persevering in pain rather than in the removal of pain in this age.
6. People, especially those closest to me, can never meet the deepest longings in my heart.
7. The journey is the destination on this side of eternity.
8. I will be ok, and maybe even better, even if I am never delivered from inward groaning and ache.
9. You already have tasted the age to come by the Spirit which should fuel endurance to finish the race.
10. The deposit of the Holy Spirit is your best help for stewarding your temporary groan in this age.
We believe that the Kingdom is breaking in now in all of our lives and the world.
But the reality is that it IS NOT here in fulness until the second coming of Jesus.
A faith and hope in the age to come will provide the needed endurance and patience to steward the groan in this age!