There are two types of groaning I will address in this article. One is the ‘groaning too deep for words’ which the Holy Spirit prays in us when we don’t know how to pray or what to pray for, and the other is the groaning of the earth before Jesus Christ returns.
Rom 8:26 And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered; Rom 8:27 and he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
‘groanings’ = stenagmos from stenazo; to make (intransitively be) in straits, that is, (by implication) to sigh, murmur, pray inaudibly: – with grief, groan, grudge, sigh.
There have been times in my life when I was going through difficult straits where I have experienced ‘groaning’ in the Spirit, which is a prayer that’s too deep for words. Once was when I was facing a life-altering decision which affected not only myself, but several other persons. Even though I and others had thought through that decision carefully and prayerfully, I still wasn’t completely sure I was doing the right thing. During the last agonizing moments before my decision would become irreversible, I began to pray with all my heart to God for a sign. In seconds my words were replaced with ‘groanings’ coming from deep within me in waves very similar to birth pangs! I began panting just like a woman in labor!
That was the first time I had ever experienced that kind of prayer, but I knew enough not to stop the Holy Spirit from doing what he wanted to do, so I went with the flow. In about five minutes or so, the prayer abruptly ended just like a woman’s labor pains do when an infant is born. Then a palpable ‘stillness’ came over me followed by a very clear verse of Scripture confirming my decision. As God’s peace filled me, I knew it was all right to go ahead with the plan that was in place. While that decision brought me sorrow, I knew that God was IN IT and that in time, he would work it for my good and the others who were directly affected.
“What mighty God we serve! What a mighty God we serve. Angels bow before him, heaven and earth adore him, what a mighty God we serve!” – Hezekiah Walker
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. – Frances J. Crosby, 1873
God never pressures or tries to force anyone to do anything. He has never and will never violate a person’s ‘free will.’ The Devil and demons on the other hand, pressure and use force to try and make people do what they want. If you’re in doubt about whether God is telling you to do something or not, ask yourself if you feel ‘pressure’ or ‘peace.’ If the latter, it is God, if the former, it’s either your own flesh or a devil speaking to you. Yeshua is the good Shepherd, who firmly yet gently leads his sheep. Before finalizing any major decision in your life, seek and then wait for God’s peace. If you don’t get it, wait until you do.
2Co 5:2 For verily in this we groan, longing to be clothed upon with our habitation which is from heaven: 2Co 5:3 if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 2Co 5:4 For indeed we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed, but that we would be clothed upon, that what is mortal may be swallowed up of life.
‘groan’ = stenazo; to make (intransitively be) in straits, that is, (by implication) to sigh, murmur, pray inaudibly: – with grief, groan, grudge, sigh.
Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for the revealing of the sons of God. Rom 8:20 For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but by reason of him who subjected it, in hope Rom 8:21 that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.
Creation itself was subjected to DECAY and CORRUPTION when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command in the Garden of Eden – Rom 5:12 Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned: ‘world’ = kosmos, Thayer Def. 3) the world, the universe
Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. Rom 8:23 And not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for our adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
‘groaneth’ = sustenazo; to moan jointly, that is, (figuratively) experience a common calamity: – groan together.
‘travaleth in pain’ = sunodino; to have (parturition) pangs in company (concert, simultaneously) with, that is, (figuratively) to sympathize (in expectation of relief from suffering): – travail in pain together.
‘body’ = soma, Thayer Definition: 3) is used of a (large or small) number of men closely united into one society, or family as it were; a social, ethical, mystical body, 3a) so in the NT of the church.
Glory be to God! Did you get that? The WHOLE CREATION “groans” as in LABOR PAINS, together with the Sons of God, Christ’s Body, for the COMPLETION of their REDEMPTION which is the GLORIFICATION of their physical bodies!
1Co 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1Co 15:54 But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
Though our spirits are renewed or saved the moment we receive Christ, our souls need to be sanctified (a process) and our physical bodies need to be FREED from DECAY and physical death which is the result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience. Then will our Redemption be completed, finished. Until that day arrives, all of creation GROANS and travails in pain for the Sons of God (born again believers) to be revealed!!! Hallelujah!!!
Now for the grand finale. You’ve probably heard about those loud, strange NOISES being heard all around the world not long ago. Many were saying that they were either Aliens getting ready to invade our planet, or even more bizzare, God’s trumpets sounding! Hechum, if you listen to a recording of those noises, they certainly do not sound like a trumpet! They sound like grinding, screeching, booming, and….GROANING! Those noises sounded really eery and creepy! Do you honestly think God’s angels would play trumpets that badly? When I heard them via youtube, I got a definite impression (God communicates through impressions too) in my mind of part of a Scripture verse, “the whole creation groaneth…” Then I understood that the STRANGE NOISES being heard around the world were the “groanings” of Creation yearning to be free from it’s bondage to the corruption imposed upon it by man’s sin – Romans 8:22.
Jesus said to WATCH for the SIGNS of the ‘end of the age’ and of his coming – Mat 24:33 even so ye also, when ye see all these things, know ye that he is nigh, even at the doors.
Are you ready?
Debra R. Stout, June 5, 2015