The entire creation and all of nature participates in the fate of those, that belong to Jesus Christ. Their waiting, longing and anxious expectation for a better future is to be fulfilled because God is faithful and keeps his promises. They are not anxious about the glory of humanity in general, but rather care for that of those who are children of God. While it is common and fairly easy to separate the created world from that of grace, the apostle describes something different here. He’s very serious about his Lord’s teaching that the meek will inherit the earth and that they will be Lords of creation and that nature is actually aware of this coming age and that it is full of deep joy and longing for this time already. It is weighed down under the present servitude and is pressing towards liberation and freedom. Just as a horse stretches out its strong neck with wide eyes and nostrils a flair as it is thundering towards its goal ahead, so according to the apostle all of nature is pushing hard to reach the goal up front where all destruction and decomposition is history and the indestructible, imperishable and eternal life in God’s glory will flourish. Yes, it is like a natural consciousness that this new life will appear when the glorification of God’s people and children will come about. This is a remarkable matter of God’s revelation and its best just left as it is without human embellishment. Disbelief smiles derogatively down at this, whereas faith triumphs.
O Lord our God. In your revelation and holy word you have given us a perspective of the world to come and the fate of your church in the age of completion and fulfillment. We are amazed and astonished and full of wonderment at the greatness of your goodness and wisdom. There is nothing too small for your attention. You take it up into your wonderful providence and gracious plan and strategy. Even the speechless nature is to praise and glorify you. Your final triumph at the end of days will be far greater and more magnificent than anything that we can imagine or realize. So allow us to faithfully fold our hands in prayer to give thanks to you that we too praise you and worship your grace, majesty and glory. Amen.
Oh, how I wish to see you best friend of my soul – up on Salem’s green, where there is no calamity or crying, but rather joy and bliss in God’s gracious midst.
Oh come and lead us from this foreign place. Carry us home into our promised fatherland, where quite waters quench our thirst for good and we at last see your face.
Oh that wonderfully prepared home, the lovely dwellings of the Lord. If only I had wings to fly there even now to the celestial cities of our God where he shines as its brightest sun. (Friedrich Konrad Hiller, 1662-1726)
This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Tuesday after the fourth Sunday after the high holiday and festival of the Holy Trinity. It is found on Pg. 245 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.