“And we know that God cause all things to work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28
In the last two blog posts we have established a couple of things, (1) the framework and context of this great promise and (2) the general theme of the Bible that God is able to bring good out of bad . We also asked the question “Was God able to work the death of Jesus, the greatest act of evil ever committed, together for good?” The resounding answer to that question is “Of course!”
Think about it. The plot to kill Jesus, the rejection, the timing, the day that it happened, the betrayal, the responses, the garden, the kiss, the cross, the death, the darkness…God purposed and worked every tiny piece together for good.
With that in mind it is easy to think, “Well sure God is able to work the big things together for good but what about the small things? Does He really work even the small things together for good?”
Let’s answer that question with a text we looked at in our first post, look at Romans 8:26-27
“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness ; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words ;and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
What do we learn from this text?
The Holy Spirit helps us
We are weak
We do know how to pray like we should
The Holy Spirit intercedes for us
The Holy Spirit makes groanings that are too deep for words
The Father searches our hearts and minds
The Father knows what the mind of the Spirit is
The Holy Spirit is interceding for us according to the will of God
This has proven to be one of the most comforting sections of Scripture for me. The Spirit is interceding so often for me and is so acquainted with my situation that He is constantly going to the Father on my behalf and the Father therefore not only knows my heart and my mind but He fully knows what the mind of the Spirit is about my situation. So amazing, try and dwell on that.
So why look at this text? Yes it’s really cool and rich and teaches us about how the Spirit is praying for us but what does that have to do with verse 28 and our question about God working the small things together for good.? I have two really cool points that I think will help clarify this for you.
First, this verse sets up verse 28 so perfectly and I must take time to explain this. Verse 28 starts “and we know that God causes all things to work together for good…” well of course we know that because we just learned that the Spirit is always talking with the Father and the Father is fully aware of all things going on in my heart, in my mind, and in the mind of the Spirit regarding the whole situation. Think about it like this, the Father knows exactly how to work all things together for good because He is fully imformed and He is fully able. God is not surprized. God is sovereign and good and He promises that He is working all things, each thing together for good. So good.
Second, this verse says that we are weak and we do not even know how to pray, even at our best we still do not pray perfectly nor are we able to make groanings that are too deep for word like the Spirit does. Is there anything less that a weak prayer done improperly? There might be but that is pretty low. Well, this verse says that in our weakness, praying as people who do not know how to pray like we should the Holy Spirit helps us, He makes our prayers good. God works your prayers together for good. That’s amazing! Here is a prefect example for verse 28, God even works our prayers together for our good! That’s rich truth. So pray often and pray hard, because when you pray God is helping to make them good.
What have we learned?
So far we have seen the basic framework of this great promise in Romans 8:28, we have seen that a general theme of the Bible is the ability of God to work bad things out for good, and we have seen the spectrum of things that God is able to work out for good from the most evil act (the murder of Jesus) to the smallest thing (a weak prayer). Because of these things we can confidently say that we know that God causes all things to work together for good.
Grace and Peace