There is a painfully large amount of heartbreaking events occurring all over the world right now. From senseless shootings in the heart of America, a life-threatening epidemic outbreak in Africa, to holocaust-like purge of minorities in the Middle East. My heart aches.
You know the verse talking about the earth moaning for the return of Christ? I believe that I understand that reaction now. While the earth has seen the perfection at the dawn of creation and was forced to suffer through every gut-wrenching atrocity that has disgraced the world. Creation knows its Creator. And it desperately longs to experience that absolute perfection once again.
The more I seek Jesus and learn to not only know about Him but to truly know Him, the more my heart yearns to experience that perfection. The closer I grow to God, the more my soul recognizes the pain that God feels each and every day for the brokenness of His greatest love.
But then, like I’m sure many of you, I become overwhelmed with this great sense of helplessness. What could I possibly do to help with any of it? I am only one person.
God has been speaking to me the importance of one’s identity, especially as it rests in Him. Part of my identity is as a mom. Within that, I find it difficult to do anything but personalize all of the pain that others are experiencing right now. I imagine the mothers of children who are killed whether from gun shot, disease, or worse (yes, worse). I imagine the mothers who are forced to watch their child suffer and my heart breaks and I can do nothing more than weep. But that is where I can find strength.
As I allow myself to hurt for mothers I know nothing about and have very little in common with, I take a step closer to knowing God’s heart. As I weep for the pain that I beg God that I never have to experience, I find myself in the company of thousands (millions) of Christian saints who are crying for them as well. Together, we cry out to God to move on this earth. We cry out for deliverance from this horrendous evil that has infiltrated every facet of society, across every country in the world.
God responds to the prayers of His people. The Bible proves this over and over again. And so I want to petition you, beg you really, to join with the saints and cry out to God. Even if you have no words, scripture tells us,
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27, NIV)
Whether with words, tongues, or simply groans-cry out to God on behalf of all those around the world. I can’t implore you enough. Pray, pray, and pray some more. Deliverance will come by the grace of God alone.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of Godto be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all.Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i]have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstbornamong many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:18-30, NIV )
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