In my sermon yesterday I used the Romans 8:22-27 lectionary text. This is one of those passages that reminds us of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is a good Pentecost passage. It is a passage of hope set in the reality of a world existing in the pain of peccancy. We will have problems, struggles, conflicts, and face the gauntlet of negative emotions. There will be times when it seems overwhelming.
During these times we may realize there is not a quick fix. We may have to accept the limitations of our certainty and walk completely in faith. We may have to endure and just wait on the Lord. In these times we may not feel very hopeful. We may not know what to do. We may have to accept the difficult and put our hope completely in the intercession of the Holy Spirit in our behalf.
As Juanell and I move through our current process of change, I realize there are matters which are not in our control. We do not know if our house will sell. We do not know where Juanell will be working. Even though I pray and pray for answers and action, right now I do not know how things will finally unfold. I can be assured God does. But I can be confident God hears the Spirit in my heart interceding for me.
The one thing I do know is I CAN trust my Lord for things to work out. The passage after Romans 8:22-27 gives this assurance. All things will work for good for those who love the Lord. I have seen this promise played out time and time again, even when I could not understand how or why in the midst of the situation or circumstances. We do serve a great God!