Posted by Nicole Binion on 7 August 2017

Romans 8:26-28 (AMP)

“In the same way the Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words. And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes [before God] on behalf of God’s people in accordance with God’s will. And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

We all have a circumstance we are facing that we have difficulty understanding, whether it is our own situation or someone close to us. There is a diagnosis, a tragedy, a loss…and we wonder, why is God allowing this? Where is God in this situation?  For me, the questioning came about four years ago when our youngest son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Although I had faced trials before, nothing compared to the deep sense of loss and heartbreak I experienced with his diagnosis.  But, here is what I know: God is good. God doesn’t allow or cause bad things to happen to us to somehow work something good into our character or make us more like Christ. The fact that we live in a fallen world ensures that there will be pain, heartbreak, and lack in this life. But the Father is the Master Creator – only He knows how to take it ALL – and make something beautiful. As we continue to TRUST Him (the ultimate walk of faith), He is working it out for us.

Isaiah 61:1-3 (NKJV) says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives…To comfort all who mourn…To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

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