Romans 8:26-30 Reflection:
In the middle of all the readings about the end of the world and judgement that we have at this time of year, Paul gives us great hope when he says that the Spirit shall come to help us when we need help to pray.
We are also promised in this reading that God shall turn all things to the good for those who cooperate with him. This is also a lovely promise that we receive that all things turn to the good if we love God.
Finally Paul tells us that we who love God shall share his glory. These are great words of comfort. The world has a habit of pulling you down and leaving us feeling very low. Without God’s help, we basically would have no chance against the negative forces of this world. For a person who tries to fight life on life’s terms there is only depression and hurt.
If we are to stand any chance of making a go of this life then we must accept, and acknowledge the fact that we need help from God, through the action of the Holy Spirit. It is this humbling of ourselves and making ourselves ready to accept the help of God that differentiates the Christian from others.
It is not about being good. It is more about accepting our weakness and our need for help. This is what makes us grow in the spiritual life, the acceptance of the help of God. He guides us slowly with the odd nudge this way and a hint to go that way; and if we accept his help it always works out fine.
We need to learn to listen to him.