“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with 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. 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.” (Romans 8:26-28)
Shadows…. Fog…. Fear…. Confusion….
The valleys in life are dark places. And when you’re walking through a deep valley, you need the life-giving promises of God to sustain you; tried and true, beloved promises, such as (Romans 8:26–28). Many Christ–followers point to these words as the truths that held them to God during a time when every other security failed. Others have stood down daunting challenges with these promises on their lips. I bear witness to this truth ….
Why is this passage so comforting? Consider the words, “And we know.” …. We don’t merely think; we don’t merely wonder. It says we know.
The word “know” communicates experiential knowledge — the kind that comes from life. You don’t go to church, college, or Google to find this kind of knowing. You know because you’ve lived through the testing, and God’s Spirit has confirmed what you have learned. This knowing isn’t something you feel. Things don’t always “feel” in the moment like they could work together for good, but time will prove God’s character. This is one of those tried and true realities in His Word about how He works. This is one of the most difficult lessons we must adapt to ….
Rememember we are told to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7), meaning simply despite how things appear, or how we feel, we must hold firm to our faith. Only God’s children — those who have turned from their sin and embraced Christ by faith, truly understand the great promise of this passage. Only those who have tested the promises of God and proven once again His faithfulness really know ……
And God helps us to know! “The Spirit helps us in our weakness” We may not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes. And the more He intercedes, the more we become aware of God’s will and that we’re “called according to His purpose.” God probably won’t tell us how and when He will work things together for good, but the promise we have is that He will, and we can rest in the promises of God and therein find our hope renewed and restored …..
And again, we know this because we are assured that His grace is sufficient and in our weakness we are made strong by His power (2 Corinthians 12:9) …..
Have life’s difficulties caught you off guard? Do you wonder if God is good? Are you puzzled over how a frustrating, hurtful, or shocking development could possibly contribute to anything good?
Though you may not see the good yet (or ever in this life), yet, keep your eyes on God. If He weren’t going to use that situation for your good, it wouldn’t have happened. He has to sign off on every single thing that touches your life. That’s not to say He wanted it — God is not the cause of evil, but He is the solution. He’s the master chess player who knows every single move we will make and strategizes to ensure His purposes are always accomplished every single time ….
The ultimate good of (Romans 8:28) is not some little blueprint you had in mind for your life. The ultimate good is God’s blueprint for the universe and your place in it. Being on board with God’s objectives means understanding your life is not about you. It’s about His glory, and at the very same time He works for your good! How awesome is that indeed ….
“We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Believe it. Expect it. Wait for it. And cling to it for dear life in the dark valleys that threaten to overwhelm you …
In closing, I would ask you to consider this: are there things happening in your life right now that seem too broken or simply too impossible for God to work out for any good? Can you recognize these thoughts as lies from your enemy to keep you in that dark fog of defeat? I challenge you to take all these burdens in prayer to the feet of the One who understands and can restore you. Rest awhile there and as your cries subside, you will feel the Comforter arrive and He will give you peace ….
Let us pray ~
Lord, when I feel overwhelmed by dark, confusing circumstances, I don’t even know sometimes how to pray or have the necessary words to say. I thank You Holy Spirit for lovingly and powerfully converting my inaudible groans and tears into deep prayers. Thank You for interceding for me according to God’s will for me. By faith, I choose to believe that You are working behind the scenes for my good and Your glory Father. My God, I do trust You and I thank You for Your Word and this marvelous truth and promise in which I can rest today. Please grow and increase my faith that I may never doubt or question your life-giving Word and life-sustaining promises. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen ….