Father who knows all hearts

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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Today’s scripture reading:

As a believer, you are not left to your own resources to cope with problems. [“Father who knows all hearts . . .”] Even when you don’t know the right words to pray, the Holy Spirit prays with and for you, and God answers. With God helping you pray, you don’t need to be afraid to come before him. Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you “in harmony with God’s own will.” Then, when you bring your requests to God trust that he will always do what is best. (NLT)

Romans 8:18-39 – Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, everything on earth was subjected to God’s curse. All creation anticipates the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children, including the new bodies he has promised us. Now that we are saved, we eagerly look forward to this freedom. For if you already have something, you don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently.

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory.

What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?

Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleasing for us.

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. –Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV)

Pamela J. Caldwell (California) titled her story “SOUL ANSWERS;” here is Pamela’s story:

“’Why?’ I sobbed into my husband’s arms. A joyous occasion had turned to despair. After a 24-hour labor, our baby boy was dead.

“Fifty years later, I still remember the chill of the hospital room, the nurse’s frantic voice, and what the doctor said: ‘I’m sorry; the baby didn’t make it.’ I could not grasp his words. The threads of my mind tangled. For days, months, and years, I was desperate to resolve my loss. Did I do something wrong? Did the doctor? Did God? How could a loving God have allowed this?

“Sadness overwhelmed me. The birth of friends’ babies brought me tears instead of joy. The baby sections in department stores brought me sorrow. Children reminded me of that dreaded day. I continued to mourn the past and to persist in asking questions, though no answers could satisfy my mind. Only prayer and scripture brought answers to my soul – deep, unspoken answers that gave me joy in the midst of sorrow. God’s loving kindness and compassion sustained me. The memories still bring a tear. But I trust that in divine wisdom, God takes the good and bad in our lives, untangles them, and brings new beginnings.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Prayer and scripture reading can sustain me in times of sorrow.

Prayer: Dear Lord, lead us through our grief. Help us to see your light and to remember your love. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD

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