I thanked God for the privilege of serving as my moms live-in caregiver during her battle against leukemia. When medicines began to hurt more than help, she decided to stop treatment. I dont want to suffer anymore, she said. I want to enjoy my last days with family. God knows Im ready to go home.
I pleaded with our loving heavenly Fatherthe Great Physicianconfident He could work miracles. But to say yes to my moms prayers, He would have to say no to mine. Sobbing, I surrendered, Your will be done, Lord.
Soon after, Jesus welcomed my mama into a pain-free eternity.
In this fallen world, well experience suffering until Jesus returns (Rom. 8:2225). Our sinful nature, limited vision, and fear of pain can distort our ability to pray. Thankfully, the Spirit intercedes for Gods people in accordance with the will of God (v. 27). He reminds us that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him (v. 28), even when His yes to someone else means a heartbreaking no for us.
When we accept our small part in His greater purpose, we can echo my moms watchword: God is good, and thats all there is to it. Whatever He decides, Im at peace. With confidence in the Lords goodness, we can trust Him to answer every prayer according to His will and for His glory.
Our Daily Bread
The theme of Romans 8 seems to be the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Paul encourages us to set our minds on the Spirit (vv. 56), to see Him as vital to our spiritual identity (v. 9), to embrace His indwelling (v. 11), to follow His leading (v. 14), to see Him as assurance of our security in Christ (v. 16), and to rest in Him with our prayers (vv. 2627). This theme is important to the life of Gods child because, as John wrote, This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit (1 John 4:13). The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is Gods promise of the future (Eph. 1:13) and His enabling for the present (Gal. 5:16). May we trust the Spirit to continue His wonderful work in us, making us more like the Jesus He came to honor (John 15:26).