Romans 8:26-28 (NIV): ‘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 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.
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.’
I’m not too sure that I agree with Selwyn’s use of the word ‘groan’ in today’s study; it could just mean that God’s Spirit intercedes for us in a way that is not ‘heard’ (not known) by us. That is, we don’t hear the words that the Holy Spirit uses in His intercession for us.
Yet, I do agree with the rest of what Selwyn has written for today’s study. He says: ‘ … God’s heart aches for us all the time, longing to help us, filled with a desire to give us strength and grace to overcome life in a fallen world. …
Behind the universe, fallen and cursed because of sin, is a God who cares so much that He groans in His love for us and yearns to sanctify us.’
Selwyn’s main point in today’s study is ‘atheism‘ is the most awful belief because it offers no hope – no purpose – and, no truth.
I know that my relationship with Jesus is based on a faith that provides purpose and meaning in an environment of love, that will last forever. I know that in all things – in the times of terrible hardship and the times of peace and contentment – God always works for my good. It’s the same for every person who faithfully follows Jesus and trusts in His Word.