Hey guys! Happy Monday! It’s Alyssa & I am so excited that you are checking this post out! I am so excited to continue to share on Romans 8 today- I wholeheartedly believe that everyone can relate to these verses! Let’s get into it!
We all have dealt with suffering at one point or another in our lives. Maybe you’ve had to say goodbye to a significant influence in your life, or your relationship with your parent isn’t good. For some of us, maybe someone we love is sick, maybe you have financial troubles. In our suffering, it can seem as though God has put us to the side or forgotten about us.
A few years ago I doubted God when it seemed like my whole world was falling apart. My dad became sick, and he was in so. much. pain. Doctors couldn’t explain what was going on with him, and nothing seemed to help his symptoms. It killed me to see my dad in suffering, and it was so discouraging to see that nothing was getting better.
Around this time as well, I began to get sick. I could not eat anything & keep it down, and it seemed like everything was piling up on me. I completely doubted that God knew me because of my suffering. One day, I randomly flipped to a page in my Bible and Jeremiah 29:11 popped out right at me. It said “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you, to give you hope and a future.” I found so much peace in this verse, and it proved to me that God was with me through the hills and valleys.
Romans 8:18- 30 talk about suffering & glory, and not only that but how they play off of each other! Verses 18-25 say “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.“
Paul (the author of Romans) is saying that our troubles & hardships that we are currently facing are NOT worth comparing to the glory that will be shown in and through us. We (as believers) have HOPE in our circumstances because of the glory that God will reveal in us! Creation will be free from our chains to our Earthly ways to have a relationship with God! We suffer in pain from our Earthly ways, but we have an opportunity to know Jesus to separate us from that pain! God redeems our sinful bodies to give Him glory and honor. For in the hope of JESUS we were SAVED! We all hope for things- maybe to get into a college, to make the team, or even for a friend to come to know Jesus. Hope takes faith & courage- and we need to do so patiently.
Verses 26-30 share so much encouragement!
“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. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
The Holy Spirit- the thing that lives inside of every single believer of Christ, guides us. It gives us strength in our weakness and suffering. In times we do not know what exactly to pray for, that same Spirit guides our words and minds. This Spirit knows our heart. It knows our struggles and triumphs, and it intercedes for God’s people- you & I in accordance of God’s will for our lives. In ALL THINGS God works for the GOOD of those who LOVE Him. Through the good and the bad, God is working for the good of those who follow Him and are in His plan. For those God knew would follow Him He decided beforehand to be conformed to the ways and life of Jesus! Those who God chose, He also called to a purpose and plan. Those who God chose also justified and honored them.
God knows our suffering, and through a valley full of suffering comes a hill of glorifying. He uses our hardships to reveal His glory and goodness.
Alright y’all, that’s all I have for today! I hope you all have an amazing week! When/ if suffering comes to you this week, I challenge you to use it to glorify God!