Heeding the wisdom in the book of Proverbs is akin to a wheel alignment needed to keep our cars staying on track. Left to our own devices or ungodly influence we soon go astray.
Correction is a key theme in the verses found in Proverbs 29:15-27, whether that be of children (v15,17); society (v18, 26-27); servants (v19,21); or temperament (v22-23) – wisely administered it will bring blessing.
In Romans 8:18-39, Paul’s focus turns to our glorious future.
The Christian life wasn’t meant to be easy. Facing sin and temptation, enduring persecution and coping with life in a fallen world, with corruptible bodies, is difficult. But Paul declares in verse 18 what lies ahead for the Christian makes any trials we face in this present age seem minor.
But it is not just Christians alone who will benefit — creation too eagerly awaits to be blessed with change when God’s plan is brought to completion (verses 19-21).
The creation is now in decay, but that is not the way it is supposed to be. But at the resurrection, when we are given the glory that rightly belongs to God’s children, the universe will somehow be freed from its bondage, redeemed by the work of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:19-20).
Even though the price has already been paid, we do not yet see everything the way God wants it. In the meantime we must wait patiently and eagerness for our salvation to be made complete. We do not yet see a perfect creation, but we are confident that it will be transformed (verses 24-25).
We are already freed from condemnation, but not yet completely freed from sin. We are already in the kingdom, but it is not yet in its fullness. We live with aspects of the age to come, even as we struggle with aspects of the old age, hence we have his Spirit to help us in our weakness – interceding for us, even for needs that cannot be put into words. With his Holy Spirit on our side, helping us, so we can have confidence. God has a plan for us (verse 28).
These verses call for a response (verses 31-32). If God went so far as to give us his Son even when we were sinners, we can be sure that he will give us everything else that we need to make it. On the day of judgment, no one can accuse us, for God has declared us not guilty. No one can condemn us, for Christ our Saviour is interceding for us (verse 34). We have not just a sacrifice for our sins, but also a living Saviour who continues to help us in our journey toward glory. Nothing or no one can separate us from his love (verses 35-39).