For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
As I sit here in my living room not having moved for three hours since I heard the news of her wreck I can think of nothing to do but groan. My wife and I have sat here and cried not able to do anything else. We think of the pain and the risk of death that hovers over this helpless situation concerning one we love above our own lives and all I can do is groan. I groan, “Lord! Swallow up this earthly tabernacle in life! Lord! We are burdened by the weakness of our bodies caused by sin and we all long to be with you and leave off this danger, this sadness, this anxiety, this frailty! Lord!”
Then I remember that we (she and I) have the Spirit as our earnest promise from God!
5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
God is in us, He is for us, He is working for our good and His glory. We are yet absent from the Lord but we are just as confident as if we were standing with him now!
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Lord, help us walk by faith in this dark time for sight does us NO good!