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. 27 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.
28 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. 29 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. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
“In all things God works for the good of those who love Him.” What a promise! This verse does not say that “God works for the good of those who follow the law.” Or “God works for the good who try hardest.” God is a relational God. He loves us and desires more than anything that we can be in relationship with Him. As any good father, he also longs for us to experience joy, peace, and satisfaction. He wants us to thrive. And that can only happen when we are living in a loving relationship with Him – our creator and the author of our faith. It is not that God simply rewards the people who love Him; rather when we are in loving communion with God – which is what we were created for – we can know what goodness is. Outside of relationship with God, our eyes are blinded, our minds are distorted, and our hearts are desensitized.
If you desire a deeper relationship with God, then spend time in prayer with Him. You can even do it now. Tell Him you long for His love. Confess the things that you know are against His will for you. And open your heart to Him. If you don’t know what to say, then just ask for His Spirit to intercede. God loves you and wants nothing but good for you and your life (Charlie).
Thoughts for the day
- Think of a time in your life in which God has made good out of difficult times. How did He reveal more of Himself?
- How can you better see God as your Heavenly Father?
Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon Shanghai Community Fellowship.