In Romans 8 we find three different groans.
1) Creation Groans
“For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.” – Romans 8:22
The sufferings of animals in hard service to give food, or to provide clothing, must fill the ear of Heaven with groans. The sighs of thousands of acres, condemned to bear crops, must be heard across the broad expanse of space. There is a discord, an oppression, which constantly cries out. It’s been said that nature is like a captive crying aloud for release.
2) The Saints Groan
“We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” – Romans 8:23
We wait for our adoption, for the manifestation of our sonship, for the redemption of our bodies from the curse of the fall. And as we wait, we groan under the pressure of the present, the weight of mortality, and with eager desire to see the coming of the Lord.
The Spirit Groans
“The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” – Romans 8:26
The pressure of sin and sorrow in our world is heavy, but these groans foretell life, not death. They are full of hope, not despair. They are the pains of birth, not the agony of death. Out of the agony of the present the new heavens and earth are being born.
– F.B Myers