Date: Monday, January 21
Scripture: Romans 8:18-30
Verse: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)
For several weeks we have been talking about our struggles with evil in the world. We have been trying to wrap our minds around how evil can exist in the good world God created. For years, all the way back to Job, theologians have been struggling to understand this problem we call theodicy. There are not a lot of satisfactory answers, but the Bible tells us something that is a great comfort: We do not suffer alone.
Today’s passage tells us of a new age of restoration which has begun in Jesus. We have hope for a new day because we have seen the dawn of this coming new day in the resurrection of Jesus. The groaning world and we who groan in it, are being renewed.
While we seek to explain, and sometimes find the fault for, the painful experiences of life, the Bible reminds us how God is with us through it all. How comforting it is to hear that even when we do not know how to pray, the “Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” God is not only with us in our suffering, God is sustaining us through it. A new age is being birthed through these labor pains. While we cannot fully understand why bad things happen, we know God remains God through them all.
This week’s Scripture passages remind us of God’s willingness to suffer with us, and even for us. We may never know why these things happen, but we can rejoice knowing God is never far from us.
Prayer: Give me eyes, O God, to find your abiding presence, even when things are not going my way. Sustain me and strengthen me, Lord Jesus, day after day. Amen.
Action: Pause in your prayers, allowing the Spirit to intercede for you.
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