This week’s sermon passage, Romans 8:26-28, is one of those remarkable vistas on the journey to the peak of Romans 8—a peak that we eventually will experience on Easter Sunday. In some ways, this is a training passage, preparing us to trust God now in advance of those times that otherwise would paralyze us with worry. As we learn from this passage, we will face our tendency toward a need for control, and the anxiety that comes from not being in control. We will admit what we don’t know, but find hope in what we can know. We also will address the questions that many of us ask and statements we make in light of this passage, such as:
- Things don’t seem to be working for good in my life?
- God never comes through for me.
- It’s hard to love a God who never answers your prayers.
- And why would a good God allow such evil and suffering?
Obviously, this is deep and weighty stuff. But what we find in this passage provides more than enough encouragement for even the most broken, wounded and/or skeptical among us. For the big question is not only why would a good God allow evil and suffering, but why would God endure such evil and suffering? Once we can grasp the answer to that question, we will be on the road to discovering some practical help with the paralyzing effects of worry, and potentially the road to a major spirital breakthrough. On Sunday, we’ll discuss a handfull of practical implications that I think are going to make a difference in your life and mine. This is rubber hits the road time. So bring a friend if you are able. I really think you both will be glad you did.
Here is the passage:
“26 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. 27 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. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”