For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him Who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Romans 8 is a favorite Chapter. It's revelatory and uplifting. It also follows Paul's blunt self-loathing (painfully detailed in Chapter 7), which is surprisingly relatable.
Returning to hope, the topic at hand: God reveals our place in the universe-- as hope-filled governors and caretakers, which He first mentioned in Genesis 1.* He's given us responsibility over our magnificent living earth.
Preface: I love nature and animals. No, I'm not an in-your-face activist, and yes, I do love God and people more. Still, I marvel at the Lord's creations, and we've done poorly in their management.
They, too, yearn for a peaceful existence: free of threats, suffering and corruption.
Beyond other men, Christians should respect the beauty, balance and intricacy of a world filled with small and large wonders. Nature opened my own dad's heart to God. To quote him: 'This can't be accidental.'
Bottom line: As holders of a priceless living hope, we mustn't forget the duty it brings, including good governance of the earth.
## Hope: Bears Responsibility (Part 27)
'So God created human beings in His Own Image. In the Image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them and said, 'Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground' ' (Genesis 1:27-28, NLT).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.