In some seasons of life it seems there is a lot of pain and loss. Disease, death, disaster, and chaos abound. In our desperation we cry out to God for mercy. We want to be rescued from our current trouble, and understandably so. In Romans 8 Paul encourages us to remember that the Spirit Himself is moved with compassion for us and groans when He sees what sin has done to His creation. He intercedes on our behalf that we might be led into the will of God (Romans 8:26-27).
God’s plan is for our good to bring Him glory. The sufferings here and now will pale in comparison to the glory to come (Romans 8:18). While this doesn’t negate our suffering, it gives us our hope and enables us to persevere (Romans 8:24-25). “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38); it is this hope in His enduring love that makes us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37), in the midst of and in spite of our troubles. We don’t always see or understand God’s plan, but if we can shift our focus to tomorrow’s glory rather than today’s suffering then we can trust that the God we know and love is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). That is quite a victory cry my friends!