The Comfort of the Trinity

And let steadfastness have its full effect,

that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:4

Romans 8:26-30 – 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. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

How many times have we heard people use Romans 8:28?  Sometimes, it’s encouraging and sometimes, it’s just “not enough.”  Let’s take a minute and look at the verses surrounding it.

Romans 8:26-27 – 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.

Grief certainly embraces a level of weakness, as do many of the other emotions associated with infertility and childloss.  Even God knows that we will have times that prayer eludes us.  Our emotions often become so strong that we cannot think clearly.  We stare at our Bible, blankly, as if we are waiting for a revelation to appear from it.  We cry out to the ceiling, and we can almost feel our pleas for help fall back upon us.  Even if we could manage to get a prayer through the roof, we are at a complete loss for words.  We cannot put our feelings into words.  The pain just overcomes our hearts.

Let’s look at the promises:

  • The Holy Spirit will help us in our weakness.
  •  The Holy Spirit will intercede for us, before God the Father, with “groaning too deep for words.”  It sounds as though the Spirit actually feels our hurt.
    • Intercede: To intervene on behalf of another, to mediate or step in.
    • Groan:  To make a deep inarticulate sound in response to pain or despair, to moan or wail.
  • God searches hearts and knows minds.  This is comforting, when talking is impossible.
  • The Holy Spirit does not just tell God what we are thinking.  He pleads with God for His will to be done in our lives.  Sometimes that is the hardest thing to ask for, when we do not understand the mind of God.  Most of us would not ask for pain and suffering; however, sometimes, that is the will of God for our lives, in order to make us more like Himself.

Romans 8:29-30 – 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

God chose us before the beginning of the world.  He desired us to become like Christ, before we even were.  Because of this, He called us to Himself, He works to justify us, and someday, He will complete what He began and will glorify us.  He sees the beginning from the end.  He has it planned and designed.  He is in complete control.  If we trust this, then, the middle verse will have much more meaning for us.

Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Next time you hear this verse, take a moment to remember the seven amazing promises that surround that well-known passage.  Allow the Trinity to have its complete and total work in your heart and life.

Original material by Holly M. Besser, ©2012.  May not be used or re-printed without permission.

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