Romans 8–All is of God
Now that Paul has hit us hard he delivers a truth that our personal experience validates. Our life is not of our own doing. Our life is all of God. We have tried to go it alone and know that on our own that we cannot make a go of it, so we turn to God.
The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. (Romans 8:26,27)
The Holy Spirit strengthens us. Our inarticulate longings to pray properly are an indication to us that the indwelling Spirit is already helping us by interceding for us in our hearts, making requests that the Father will certainly answer. We are lost and unable to proceed on our own, but the indwelling spirit enables us to receive and respond to the love and grace of God.
C. H. Dodd describes prayer as “the divine in us appealing to the divine above us.” We know this is true. That sometimes, and maybe often we don’t know how to proceed but if we just stop and remain silent a way to go will appear almost out of no where. That is the spirit working in us. Sometimes, I am not sure how to begin a post but I find if I remain open and prayer that word or phrase will pop into my mind and from there the way will open up to get my thoughts and reflections down. sometimes, I am not sure what I should do so I stop, close my eyes and wait for God to point me in the right direction. That is the indwelling spirit working in me.
I believe that the indwelling spirit speaks and moves us closer to God, sometimes it might just be pointing us in the right direction other times it leads more than guides. Before we are able or even willing to respond to God’s love and grace the indwelling spirit enables us to do so. It’s all God’s work.
The indwelling spirit knows us better than we know ourselves and keeps us present before God. This is how we are assured that our whole life is a work of God’s love and is being worked into something good, something special.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30)
Christians are meant to live the here and now in the light of eternity. Our love for God is a reverent response by of His love for us and is fulfilled in our love for others. The purpose of God guarantees “good” for His people. This is not necessarily ease and quiet, but being like Christ, being transformed more and more into the people of God. Everything that happens to us is working for our ultimate good. Everything the breakups, setbacks, and failures are meant for our good. It may not look like that when we going through it, but in time we will see that they were more a blessing than a curse.
God is often in the position of a parent who knows what is best for us. With God, his knowledge is perfect. Sometimes God must say no in the present to say yes to bigger and better future. We don’t know our real need. We know what we want, but sometimes our wants can hamper our need to grow into the person God has created us to become. God knows what is best for us. A no now means a much bigger yes to come.
We plan and God laughs.
God plans we are blessed.
If we accept life as it is, we will know peace. We may be struggling thinking God is not in it or with us, but He is.
If we are struggling and battering our head against the wall, we will be at unease and in dis-ease. We will be troubled and not comforted.
In trusting God to be the loving, wise, graceful Father that He is we will accept what he sends our way. We will also face all life offers us the good and bad knowing all of it will be a blessing.
God is making You into the new creation promised in Jesus. Trust the process and bless others through it.
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