WYSIWYG ("wiz-ee-wig") is the acronym for the popular aphorism, “what you see is what you get.” It’s often uttered as a vaccine against disappointment, ensuring that expectations are kept in check. You often hear it expressed as, “it is what it is.”

But isn’t that really just a prescription for malaise and hopelessness?

What if what we see isn’t at all what we get?

This is Paul’s point in Romans 8. For the believer—and for the cosmos—it’s not WYSIWYG.