Wednesday, July 26 | Wait With Patience
Read Romans 8:22–28
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.
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.
In chapter eight of his letter to the Romans, Paul focuses on what it means to live life in step with the Holy Spirit, and contrasts that life with one lived according to the flesh—our selfish, self-serving desires. Life in the Spirit, Paul says, is true life and freedom. It is living as a beloved child of God. Life in the Spirit means that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and makes our deep longings known to God. Life in the Spirit means that God will work for our good. And in today’s passage in particular, Paul tells us that life in the Spirit helps us wait patiently for Jesus to return, for God’s kingdom to come fully and finally, and for the pain of this world to end. The Spirit reminds us of the hope we have in God’s promises, faithfulness, and unending love. When our hearts and minds are fixed on this hope, we can live with patience and focus on the work God has given us to do.
- What are the longings over which your soul groans? (For example, maybe it’s a desire to belong or be loved, for something in your marriage or family to be healed, for a disease or illness to be cured, or for an addiction to be broken.)
- What are three or four things you know to be true about God (even if just from today’s passage alone)?
Hold whatever you identified in response to the first question above in one hand (metaphorically) and in the other, hold whatever you identified in response to the second question. Pray that the Holy Spirit would remind you of the hope you have in God because of what you know to be true about Him and that He would fill you with patience in the midst of your longings.
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