Often in our lives, we motivate ourselves by the thought that we only need to get around this corner, and life will settle down. We feel as though peace is within our grasp but we always come up lacking. With each new accomplishment or rite of passage we find ourselves pining for the next. The reality of suffering in this way extends to everything if we really think about it.
Why is this the case?
Well, because our first father plunged us all into a reality that is at enmity with the Triune creator. As the Apostle Paul reminds us in we, along with the whole creation are aware of, and groan through this reality until by God’s grace we come to the consummation in the regenerated and eternal dwelling place.
When we look at the History of God’s people we see over and over again – what is lacking! In David is finally anointed and crowned King, but only in Judah. For David to claim his full title as King more need to be done. But even after David is finally King over all Israel the groaning continues, the ‘lacking’ is always evident. David was a man after God’s own heart, but he would die without ever realizing his greatest desires. David is not alone. Abraham, Solomon, you or I, none of us achieve a life consummate peace.
So why rejoice in what’s lacking?
Because it is in what is lacking that the gospel really shines! No one, no matter how rich or well established is free from the groaning torment of Adam’s guilt. Yet God display his love in so many manifold blessings. All with the reminder built in, “this is not your hope!” It is only through faith in Christ that we can look forward to a better place, whose builder and maker is God, where there is really nothing lacking. In Christ we see that fullness. He is the fullness of humanity, the consummation and consummation of all things. Only Christ stops the groaning over what is lacking. Therefore, rejoice in what’s lacking – and let it drive you to Christ.
20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? (ESV)
2:1 After this David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” And the Lord said to him, “Go up.” David said, “To which shall I go up?” And he said, “To Hebron.” 2 So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 3 And David brought up his men who were with him, everyone with his household, and they lived in the towns of Hebron. 4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.
When they told David, “It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul,” (ESV)