"For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now" (Romans 8:19, 22)
Why is it that the shining world of which men have dreamed, and that every man secretly believes is somewhere before him, is nevertheless lost to men?
It can only be because we are out of the way.
The world we inhabit is a lost world. It is a sick, fallen planet upon which we ride. The sacred revelation declares plainly that the inhabitants of the world are also lost, by a mighty, calamitous visitation of woe which is still upon them.
But with this, it also tells us a glorious fact - that this lost race has not been given up!
Thankfully, there is a voice that calls, a voice that entreats! If we are not lost, there would be no voice behind us saying, "This is the way, walk ye in it.!
I say again that we have not been given up. That is plain from the Book of Genesis. Recall that the sound of God's gentle voice was heard saying, "Adam, where art thou?" - and that voice has never died out!
All of His entreating calls blend into one, whether it be the voice of God's love, or the voice of Jesus' blood, or the voice of conscience, or the voice of the lost or of the saved!
So, the holy writer says the lost planet is full of vanity and has lost its meaning, crying like a woman in travail - but waiting, as it were, to be born again into the liberty of the sons of God, and saved from decay and corruption!
~A. W. Tozer~