Over the course of these past months, bits and pieces of Romans Chapter 8 have caught my attention. I have read countless devotions that center around the message that Paul is explaining in this chapter: “wait for the Lord.” I felt I needed to write on the last several verses of this chapter, beginning with verse 25: “But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.” Romans 8:25 NLT
Paul has told us numerous times that we are free from our sinful nature, and are made new through Christ throughout Romans. This chapter though, is kind of tough. I mean, having patience is not really one of my strong suites. I get a little impatient when someone’s order messes up in a drive thru, or if I am stuck in a traffic jam. The gut wrenching impatience I have is, “when am I going to finally meet the right guy for me, or when am I finally going to get a better job?” Paul displayed a beautiful image of how we should be for Christ.
Paul spent the remainder of his life in chains. He was mocked, tortured, and left in darkness for claiming God’s name. I’m over here getting flustered about my endless bills, when Paul had to sleep wearing rusty chains in a smelly, rat infested cell! I absolutely love how Paul wrote this: “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” Romans 8:26 NLT God knows this girl here has some stress issues. There are times I cry, get angry, or throw a toddler tantrum because I don’t received blessings when I want them. Maybe, that’s because my spirit is not aligned with God’s will for me. Instead of praying to God and seeking His face, I look to find things without His guidance.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT
I am sure some of you may recognize that verse, but do you actually believe what it says? God works for the good of those who love Him. Do I trust God? Correction, love God enough to believe He is in control? Am I living a life that pleases Him? I pray that you will take this time to fully vent to God your heart, and allow Him to show you that He loves you and good things come to those who wait. ❤