“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope; for what a man seeth, why doth (does) he yet hope for it?
But if we hope for that which we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Likewise the Spirit helpeth with our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which can not be uttered.
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is in the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate , them he also called; and whom he called, them he also justified, them he also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also give us freely all things? Who can lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifeth.
Who is he that condemeth? it is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again. who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Who shall separate from love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, FOR THY SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL THE DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR SLAUGHTER.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquers through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, not things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:24-39
This is one of the most beautiful and comforting passage of scripture in the entire Bible, and so perfect for the time we find ourselves sin.
In our world our brothers and sister are being martyred the world over, with Nigeria being targeted yet again with fifty saints including children being killed at a Pentecost service, and that is only one of the recent, common occurrences and tragedy upon tragedy is in our streets with senseless murders having become an everyday thing,
Events that we will never understand this side of heaven, evil and hate laying waste, not only in homes plagued with domestic violence but now in our schools, theaters, workplaces, and churches.
Our society has left God and people who have no belief in anything higher than themselves and believe that death is only a dark hole to sleep forever, have no recourse when satan troubles them and in that evil they themselves become evil and the innocent is who suffers for that.
Only God can give us hope through the blackness of this world, and as the scripture above tells us, that when we get so discouraged, wounded, and overwrought by living in this war-zone, we call earth, that the Spirit himself makes intercession for us, knowing what we need because we can’t even determine what we should pray.
Jesus Himself also makes intercession for us, praying for us, comforting us and all who trust in him.
While we are not promised that we will never go through these things, we are promised that none of it, not trials, troubles, hunger, persecution, violence, not even the angels nor the devil himself, life, and certainly not even death can ever separate you from Him and his love.
“…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:20 (b)
If you ever find yourself feeling, down, discouraged, and in doubt, remember this verse.
Isaiah: 46:4: ” And even to your old age I am he; and even to your hoar (gray) hairs will I carry you; I have made and I will bear: even I will carry and deliver you.”
Φλογιζω NBJ 2022/ Rev. N. Brown Johnson