Summary: Wisdom, Help, Peace, Prayer
Romans 8:26-27 (p. 787) January 26, 2014
Have you ever heard this quote...”If you want to make God laugh...tell Him your plans!”
I think that’s what James meant when he said, “Now listen you who say we’ll go here and we’ll do that...we’ll carry on business and make money. Why you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow...Instead you ought to say, “If it’s the Lord’s will we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13, 15).
Folks, most of the time we’re not really interested in God’s will. What we’re interested in is telling God what we’ve got planned and have Him put His stamp of approval on it!!!
What we have here is “failure to communicate.” (Cool Hand Luke accent)
Because we’re sinful by nature and we live in body’s of flesh. Paul says, “Jars of clay.” We want comfort...we want happiness...we want to feel good...we want to satisfy our body’s desire for ease and self.
But God has something different in mind, especially for His people. A plan that overrides our comfort and our ease...a plan that is more important than any of our desires. It’s the plan to conform His born again Spirit adopted children into the likeness of His only begotten perfect Son, Jesus.
Guess how he does that? Paul knew, and it wasn’t much fun. “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me (a thorn on his flesh). But He (God) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)
Weakness is the laboratory where God mixes His power and His grace into our lives. That’s why this promise for God’s children is such good news in a bad news world.
I. THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US IN OUR WEAKNESS
Romans 8:26 starts off “In the same way...”
“In the same way the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.”
In the same way as “what?”
Well, to answer that question you have to go back a little in Romans chapter 8 and read the proceeding verses...Let’s read together.
ROMANS 8:18-25 (p. 787)
The Holy Spirit helps us deal with the waiting period. He helps us deal with the struggles and sufferings and confusion in the period between salvation and complete redemption.
Romans 8:18 says “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Suffering is the result of sin, sometimes ours, sometimes others, all creation is fallen. Sin ravaged because of someone else’s sin, Adam and Eve’s.
If you live in this fallen world, the results of sin will cause you to suffer. You’re lonely because your mate died. Your physical body aches, hurts, cramps because it’s temporary. Your children or grandchildren are rebellious, and you hurt emotionally because you cannot fix them. Or, maybe you are involved in sin. Adultery, gossip, cheating, pornography and the direct result of sin is “separation” from God, and sometimes separation from others...suffering.