THE SPIRIT SPEAKS
“Likewise 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. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.“
Romans 8:26-28 (ESV)
The whole of creation is groaning.
We groan, and the Spirit groans along with us.
Since the Fall, pain, suffering, and failure have become a constant part of our world. We glance through history and see much affliction, betrayal, and tragedy. It is a reality we go through even as Christians. No one is immune.
There are times when we can handle the challenges, but what happens when the pain is so unbearable that words fail to describe how we feel about what we are going through? All we can do is groan.
Failure in school or work.
A broken marriage.
Disease or illness taking over the body.
Death of a loved one.
Situations that leave us desperate, broken, hopeless. Moments like trap us into a corner and show us that we have no control over the situation. In the process, it brings us to a state of complete dependence on Him alone.
We get down on our knees and boldly pray but what words are we to use? Do we pray for God to take away the pain or to just let death take over? Do we pray for a moment of rest or strength to persevere?
The Holy Spirit dwells in us and intercedes for us believers. It is by the Spirit that we are able to overcome the weaknesses and endure the aches and pains brought about by the brokenness of our bodies and the world. When our speech is reduced to inarticulate cries for help and sorrow, the Spirit speaks for us with a language clearly and absolutely understood by God. He understands our aches in their deepest roots. He is certain of what we need because He always sees things according to the will of the Father.
Despite being in pain, we know that this too shall pass and that we will eventually be in a place where we could look back and see His faithfulness in and through the hardest of times. We must trust in His perfect will and sovereignty, we must hold on to our faith in Him and His promise that “all things work together for good.”