What In The World Is Going On?

Romans 8:26-28

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.

 

An organization in Montana offered a bounty of five thousand dollars for every wolf captured alive. Two hunters decided to head for the hills and make some money capturing wolves. Day and night they scoured the mountains and forests, searching for their valuable prey. Exhausted after three days of hunting without success, they both fell asleep. During the night, one of the hunters suddenly woke up to find that the two were surrounded by a pack of fifty wolves, their eyes flaming and teeth bore. At once,
 

he called to his friend, “Hey, wake up! We’re gonna be rich!”

 

This is no time to be optimistic! We are surrounded in our nation by devastation: fire, windstorms that destroy crops, pandemic, racial unrest – and throw in political tensions for good measure! What in the world is going on? How in the world are we to survive this era? Has the Apostle Paul lost his mind? “…in all things God works for good?” It almost sounds like fantasy! Our economy is nearly crippled, our mental health and physical well-being are at risk and we hardly know who or what in this world to believe! Even good people that we love are saying things that cause deep pain!
 
We can’t help but be in our heads and be anxious! Inundated with too much media, it feels like we are surrounded by a pack of wolves preparing to pounce. Still the Apostle Paul, who was clearly under persecution and in peril of death for much of his ministry, had something more to say…something different to offer…something to believe in beyond the horrors of this age. The world is not going to change (though I do think that when we get hold of this pandemic, we will feel some relief). Even so, if we put all that we have and all that we are into this world, we will continue to suffer.
 
The Apostle Paul offers an alternative…an escape…a way to pull our minds and hearts and spirits up onto higher ground. Paul reminds of the power of the Holy Spirit! That Divine Presence in our lives that draws us to a fresh reality. The reality that we are loved and adored by God who is just and kind and has a plan that is beyond us (Isaiah 55:8-9)! He has not forgotten or left us to our own devices.
 
What if we understood our present harassment and difficulties of body, soul, and mind as opportunities? (Now, don’t shut me down, yet). Paul says in Romans 8:18: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For creation waits in eager expectation… What if the truth is that God is fighting for us and along with us? What if the Truth is that if we are to turn off the screens and sit and listen (maybe with a pen and paper…remember those writing tools), that we would hear deeper! Maybe the real question is, do you trust God or not? Jesus promised us His presence in the person of the Holy Spirit; the One who comforts us; who speaks up for us; who guides and directs us and who is our conscience. We are not alone.
 
Later in verses 26-28 Paul reminds us: And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. The Holy Spirit is far broader than just helping us pray for those things which we cannot put into words. Our world, our country, our community and own being is nearly at a breaking point of disillusionment. And the Spirit is here! Some things simply cannot be put into words—any words or any language – native, foreign, or angelic. It is at these times, when our humanity is stretched beyond the breaking point, the Holy Spirit ministers on our behalf, communicating for us the deepest longings and desires within us.
 
So, as your pastor and your Spiritual leader, I want to ask you to stand firm in what you know to be true. Remember what God has already done in your life and in the lives of the ones who have influenced us to create the greater good. Living in the Spirit of God and walking in His light is a true phenomenon in these turbulent days and it is what the world needs to see us do. Romans 8 begins by telling us that we live in no condemnation and closes by reminding us of no separation. The victory of the Christian is absolutely certain, for the matter is in God’s hands.
 
All-Mighty God who has a way of using our enemy’s tactics for the building up of His Great Kingdom! The wolves are surrounding us…what an opportunity to become rich in the presence of the Holy Spirit! Come Holy Spirit!
 

With more love than you know! Joy, joy …


One Response to “What In The World Is Going On?”

  1. Linda Weiss says:

    Thanks for your beautiful insight and leadership. God , Jesus, & the Holy Spirit helps us when we don’t know what to do. We are truly blessed by you. May God bless you always.
    To God be the Glory
    I’m never alone
    Love
    Linda Weiss

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