The whole of creation groans and travails, including us, the “first fruit of the Spirit” awaiting the glorious manifestation of the children of God (Romans 8:18-23 KJV). Many are waiting for the coming of the Messiah.
Saints or believers in Christ are living to please Elohim God by forsaking all to live according to His plans and purposes as well as partake of evangelism and discipleship in preparation for Jesus’ Second Coming. In different areas of our lives we are waiting and hoping for one thing or another to happen.
The Apostle Paul wrote “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].”(Romans 8:24-25).
Hope that is seen is not hope! Indeed! If we have hope in something we cannot see this means we have faith in God for it and so “with patience wait for it”
The writer of the biblical book of Hebrews states “…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1 KJV).
As a believer in Christ Yeshua (Jesus), you are trusting God that whatever you are waiting for will come to pass. You do not see it, but you have faith for it.
Brethren, it is worth noting that the Apostle Paul ties the whole discourse about having hope in what we cannot see and waiting for it in patience with prayer. He connects verses 24 and 25 with verse 26, by starting verse 26 with “Likewise”. Verse 26:
“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.”
We activate our faith in God by praying to God about what we believe will happen. Let us remember that we cannot pray apart from the Holy Spirit. Praying God’s will, as opposed to our own results in prayers being answered. When we are hopeful for something we cannot see, inevitably we desire to have more information about it.
In Romans 8:26 we are clearly encouraged to take comfort in the fact that the Holy Spirit indwelling us is working for us.
Here is the truth;
-not everything that we desire or hope for is God’s desire for us,
-God may have given us a desire personally or we could have it based on a prophetic word. We have no way of knowing within the confines of our limited human ability how God intends to bring to pass His Word or inspired desire.
-we do not know what God’s timing is to fulfil what we are waiting for.
The Spirit of Elohim, Holy Spirit knows all that we do not know or we are unable to perceive or “see” in our minds eye about God’s will, plans and purposes concerning something we are anticipating or hoping for. This is because the Holy Spirit knows the mind and will of God and imparts His wisdom (1 Corinth. 2) to us, born again believers in Christ, when we commune with him in prayer.
If only we would commune or have fellowship with the Holy Spirit more! For if we do, we can rest assured that the Holy Spirit indwelling us, as scripture states (Romans 8:26) will stand in the gap or make intercession for us so that we will be enlightened about what to pray and how to pray.
By the Holy Spirit, we have more wisdom, knowledge and understanding concerning things happening around us and those to come. If we fellowship with the Holy Spirit, we are likely to know whether our hopes and desires however sincere are truly God inspired. We are given revelation about precisely what to focus on as genuine plans of God for us and can be confident as we pray about them. We are therefore delivered from false hopes and time wasting as well as distraction and led to effectively pursue God’s agenda for our lives.
In addition, the Holy Spirit graciously helps us to surrender all to God if we respond to his conviction and teaching. Therefore “letting go and letting God” have His way by faith results in the glory of God manifesting in and through us even as we partner with Him for the full manifestation of what we are seeking from Him in prayer.
Brethren let us always remember that God is not only interested in answering our prayers and imparting knowledge about what we ought to hope for or pray that is actually God’s will, He desires a relationship with us. Therefore the fact that as born again believers we have within us the attitude of anticipation, hope or faith in things to come is God given.
As we wait on God for our prayers to be answered, God’s desire is that we would not only pray in the Spirit but also stay close to him intimately through His Word.
Regular prayer is a spiritual exercise that takes us into deeper realms in God or into the secret place of intimacy with Him where we know Him on a deeper level.
After all, our ultimate happiness in life is knowing Him who created us and then redeemed us through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We give Almighty God Praise!
The Weekly “Happiness is knowing… ” Series are brief scriptural based devotionals on a specific topic to encourage and uplift the reader.