Romans 8:26 says in the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness where we didn’t 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. 26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words;
That groaning cannot happen unless you really going through a time of soul searching. And soul searching will not happen without a time of challenges of hardship. And that’s why there is tremendous power in the time of hardship. If we let that experience slip by, we will miss a tremendous opportunity of God doing some deep work in our lives. Example the word of God talks about God who loved us and predestined and called us according to his purpose so that God will conform us to the image of his son. And then it goes on to say those he predestined, he called, he also justified, and he also glorified.
V28-30 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
You see how beautiful this is? That is the process how God makes someone beautiful and glorious. The process starts from predestination and then the effectual call of God and then the justification of God and finally the glorification of us. All these point towards glorification. The goal is we become more and more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, and when that happens ,it will be the most beautiful, glorified person.
That glorification can never happen without predestination, justification and calling. But even with all this, no one can experience that process until that groaning happens. That groaning by the Holy Spirit in prayer is what we need to go through in our weakness. Romans 8:26 says the Spirit helps us in our weakness. Without weakness no one can experience God. Only through weakness in our crying out to God, the Spirit will come in and help us in our weakness. How does this help us? The Spirit prays with groanings too deep for us to understand.
That groanings I wanted to take it to a step further and connect that with our weakness. No one can groan without a weakness. They go hand in hand. It’s almost like weakness is the design of God for him to put in him the new craft of God.
Look at Moses, he was full of himself as the Prince of Egypt. He thought he was the savior of the Jewish people in Egypt in the time of slavery. He never experienced the weakness he needed, but when God came into his life, God threw him into the wilderness to expose him to humble him and to transform him in the wilderness. By going through that process, Moses truly existentially went through a time of real weakness in his life. It is at that low point of life, he encountered God. He saw the burning bush and his life is never the same anymore but he would not have come to that without a long process of humbling and weaknesses. That’s the way how God works.
The thing is when we are doing well somehow we just not that close to God. The maturity in God is when we are doing well and yet we even press in to be closer to God. That’s where we should aim for!
Jesus says “feed my sheep”. God’s people need to be taught and trained the scriptures of the word of God so that they be edified, encouraged and strengthened. That can happen when people of God is transformed when the preacher or the pastor is transformed and glorified. And non-glorified preacher will not produce a glorified congregation. We all need the process to be glorified by God. Amen.