God At Work In Our World

Scripture: Romans 8:26-39

God At Work In Our World

There are just some days where words escape us. 

Maybe you find yourself stunned into silence by the unfolding of world events you could never have predicted and for which are ill prepared. Perhaps you find yourself rocked to the core by the implosion of relationship, loss of a job, death of a loved one, or uncertain medical prognosis. Some of those moments God feels as near and as constant as your beating heart. Other times it feels like you’ve been trudging through snow and your whole life is numb to the Divine. 

As a Pastor I am often asked to pray for people. And often those requests are asking for a vocal prayer on the spot. Some moments it seems like the words just flow with a power and precision beyond my own eloquence or knowledge. Other moments I lean in and feel tongue tied and stupefied. 

The Apostle Paul grounds our hope for these shock and awe moments of life in the work of Jesus Christ. When we do not know how or what to pray, when our spiritual tank feels empty, God is at work in our lives and in our world on our behalf. Our hope is not in our biblical IQ, church attendance record, or hours logged in service. Our hope is in God at work in Jesus Christ. There have been narrow moments in my own life where my feelings of God were scant and sparse. Time where my own spiritual practices seemed fruitless and barren. To trust God beyond your own feeling, beyond your own machinations, and beyond your own present experience is to walk in faith in the life and work of Jesus the Messiah. 

I have found all of my ego’s tricks are stripped bare in these trying times of suffering, temptation, and emptiness. Will I allow God to carry me through this time of doubt, confusion, uncertainty and pain? Will I allow God to be with me in my present state? It is much easier to acknowledge God if the loved one is miraculously healed, the addiction is broken, or the the relationship is radically reconciled. But will I allow God to love me and be present to me in the disjointed messiness of the unclear present? When I open up to the reality of God’s Present Love and Power in the person of Jesus the Christ, it is there I find the hope and strength to trust for future healing and wholeness. 

-Christopher Mack