Rom 8:26-28 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth 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 cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is 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 good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Sometimes it is the hardest thing to believe in this scripture. This is particularly in respect to when you find yourself failing and in a state of defeat: when you find it hard to forgive someone, or to say “I am sorry”; or when there is a certain condition in your heart that you know is not right but which you just can’t seem to get over.
In such circumstances, you wonder how anything can be working for your good! Right then, you feel that far from ‘working’ anything for your good, God is looking for a way to do away with you!
It has taken me a long time, but I now realize how faithful God is to His Word. I believe the above scripture means that it is not so much how we feel about our condition (which much of the time sees us off straight to the gallows) but God is saying here that the Holy Spirit Himself knows our hearts and the anguish we are going through, and He sees how much we want to be set free. Once He has established the fact of our desire, He will use the situation to break us and bring repentance in our hearts, and sooner rather than later we find ourselves miraculously set free from that condition of unforgiveness or hard-heartedness. This is something that I have experienced many times. I would wake up one day and find myself set completely free from a situation! But for lack of revelation, I did not always understand what had happened.
I realize now, more than ever, that God is in control of every situation and more so the conditions of our hearts. There are many Christians who take this scripture and apply it to the circumstances of this life – a lack here and there, a misfortune, an illness, etc., which is all right. But we need to go beyond there and realize that the real application of this scripture is in the spiritual conditions of our hearts. God’s real interest is in changing the nature of our hearts!
Even when we feel we have missed it, let us not fear. On the contrary, let us rest in the knowledge that He will use our failure to hammer out a more spiritual man or woman out of us. I am not implying that Christians should be walking around with rotten hearts waiting for a miracle to happen. We should be guarding our hearts at all times. But I know that sometimes the enemy catches us unawares and floors us. We are in a war, after all! But God uses that very situation to make us even better than we were – just to show the enemy who is really in control! The scriptures say that Jesus went to hell after His crucifixion, “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Col 2:15
God is not going to allow the enemy to have victory over His children in the things that really matter, in matters of the heart. For we Christians in our earthly state, there could possibly be no more exciting scripture than Romans 8:28! We are firmly in the will of God!