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.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Just as it is written,
“FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG;
WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.”
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Why is it important to know that God is for us and not against us? Why is it critical that we know that Christ intercedes for us? Why is it imperative to know that nothing – absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Jesus?
Because focusing and refocusing on these promises can mean the difference between life and death – between being able to persevere and giving up – the difference between hope and despair. Knowing this deep, abiding love will mean we can face tragedies and challenges with hearts, minds and souls that know our God is always for us and never against us.
God does not make bad things happen to us – but He does permit them at times. Why? Because He sees the whole picture – we see but a speck of sand on the shores of the ocean. Because He is weaving all circumstances and people together in the most beautiful tapestry ever created – we see only the backside of the tapestry with knotted and broken threads. Because He loves us so much that he wants us to be in full communion with Him – we see only where we are in our own brokenness. He uses ever tragedy in our lives to bring Glory to His Name – which we are able to see in His time.
So in this season of Advent – this season of hope for some, despair for others and joy for many, focus on His love – the love of a Father who gave His one and only Son so that we can live. Let us take our challenges and tragedies and give them to our God so that His Glory will shine through us and light up our World!