Rom 8:19-22 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now
Paul denotes a lively hope of something drawing near and plugs in the words “earnest expectation”. It is an expectation from a conviction that something good is brewing on the horizon. The Holy Spirit comforts us in the present and assurance of what is to come. The apostle Paul writes to Timothy to encourage with a few words of conviction despite his current state, 2Ti 1:12 “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”
I consider this as one of the purposes God has given us the miracle of child birth to demonstrate how in agony, labor pains, discomfort and even suffering for a while there is hope of a new life to be ushered into the world. It’s an experience with an expectation, and what a mother goes through at that point cannot be compared to the joy of holding that baby after delivery. There is an earnest expectation, parents eagerly waits, the mother groans and labors with birth pangs, the delivery is the revelation of what has been concealed for a time. While the world is in travail, groaning for deliverance, there is hope for good for God’s children temporarily here on earth in some circumstances and eternally in heaven.