Monday, December 12, 2016

Romans 8:25-26 -- On Hope and Blindness

"But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."
Romans 8:25-26

These are some verses that I think capture the essence of our time on Earth in a lot of ways.  It can be tough.  Even though we put on a really good show, a lot of the time, we just really don't know what we are doing.  We're trying to figure it out as we go along.  And hope and prayer is like that too.  God knows that we are sometimes really clueless about what to do or where to go next.  We can't see what is ahead, and we have no idea what to even pray for.  Sometimes our yearnings are things that we can't express, or see, clearly.

And that's where hope and faith and prayer come in, right?  Because we have to trust God to know the way even when we have zero clues, and it is too dark in our lives to see anything.  Today, let's hope for the good that God has promised, even though we can't see the shape or the weight of it right now.  Let's be patient and pray to the Lord for his will to be done, even when we have no idea what that is, because we trust that God loves us.

With God, it isn't the blind leading the blind.  We're blind a lot, for sure, but God gives us hope sometimes just because we know that *someone* knows what is going on.  He can see, and lead us to the light, and we know that he will make it all okay in the end.  Just because we can't see it doesn't mean that it won't be spectacular, and perfect, and exactly the right thing for us, in our circumstances.  ... Because it will be.  God knows us better than we know ourselves, and as we put our trust in him, he will deliver us out of the darkness, help us with our infirmities and weakness, and teach us all that we need to know to be more spectacular than we have ever been.  Today, let's trust him, and follow him as he slowly heals our blindness. :)

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