“25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. 26 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.”
Hope. Most Christians will claim they have hope in the death and resurrection of Christ. However, in the process of life, hope can be hard. Very hard. People we love die suddenly and without warning, money problems come on hard and fast, someone we love betrays us, sickness takes over our bodies, depression takes over our minds, and the list could go on. How does one find hope in the midst of such difficulty? How does one even begin to pray? It is very easy for us to slip into the mindset of questioning God: Why me? Why did this happen? How did we get here? There may seem to be more questions than answers, so where do we go from here?
Romans 8:25-26 promises: “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.” Hope. Perhaps we are not even sure what to hope for besides God’s promise of an everlasting life with him in Heaven. Perhaps we no longer have the words, but this passage promises the Holy Spirit is there for us in our weakness. He intercedes for us, even when we do not know what to ask for. That is an amazing reason to hope. Our exact circumstances may not change, but the Holy Spirit is praying on our behalf. He sees what we need and prays for it. Peace. Understanding. Compassion. Healing. Endurance. The gifts are too numerous to list.
Hope, but wait patiently. Rely and trust in the promises given to us in this passage and throughout the Bible. These promises may allow us to look beyond our current situation to our eternal promise, one in which I place my ultimate source of hope. This may seem an over-simplification of your current situation, but God does want to be your hope, your guide in the midst of it all. Reach out, even if you do not have the words. James 1:2-4 tells us: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Trials produce perseverance. Perseverance allows us to be mature and complete. We will not lack anything. There is no promise of an easy life as a Christian, but there is the promise of a God with us, preparing us for a life in Heaven. This promise is almost too much for my mind to wrap around. It is beyond my comprehension, yet a promise I do not want to turn down.
Are you ready to accept this gift? Are you ready to hope patiently, relying on the prayers of the Holy Spirit and the instruction He gives? This is likely no easy task, because it will seem every time you make progress, something is there to knock you down again, but perseverance will allow us to be complete, not lacking a thing. God is preparing you for something great. It may not look like you imagined when you dreamed as a little child, but it is there. Mostly within your everyday, but sometimes something more. Embrace who you are and use it to give glory to the Lord above. I pray that you feel the richness of His love as you pursue this.