But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not 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.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
We all have something that we’re waiting for. At any phase of your life, that statement is true. We’re always waiting. When we finally have what we were waiting for, we start waiting for the next. In the middle of the waiting, we seek. We seek comfort, to control the situation, to end the waiting. Rarely do we seek patience, release control, and acknowledge the hope of Jesus.
Paul begins this passage by saying, “But if we hope in what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently,” and he ends with, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” The truth of this passage is that we have hope in waiting because God works for our good. The good may not reflect what we’ve dreamed of, but we trust that it’s good.
As you’re in the waiting, have hope. Jesus is Lord of the waiting because he provides hope and peace, and he’s with you in the waiting and after.
So, what are you waiting for? How do you know Jesus with you and the Lord of your waiting?