Do you feel secure? Paul Blart vs. God

Romans 8:26-30 (ESV)

(26) Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (27) And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (28) And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (29) For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (30) And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

If you watch any comedy movies, you are probably aware of Kevin James and his ability to make you laugh. In recent years he has been the star of the movie series “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” Both movies revolve around the theme of “security.” If you have watched either movie, you are aware of the inability of “Paul Blart” to keep people secure at times in the mall or the Las Vegas hotel. Sometimes, he literally just falls flat on his face. However, does God ever fall flat on his face? Is our salvation in God secure or is there a possibility that he might fail us? This passage in Romans answers this question.

Following Paul’s brief discussion on suffering and sins effect on creation in light of the certainty of hope, he turns again to us and our weakness as human beings. We don’t know what to pray sometimes and we even pray at times with wrong intentions and misguided requests. However, God in his grace has given us His Spirit to pray for us and pray for what we need according to God’s will (8:26-27). If our security was based on how we wanted our life to be, we would utterly fail. But thankfully God works in and on our behalf in order that we can be guided and live the life he has called us to.

Furthermore, God is weaving everything together in our life for our “good.” The “good” is our growth as Christians for the glory of God. This “good” that God has been doing is not something new, but is what God has been doing before (“foreknew,” “predestined”), presently (“conformity to Jesus,” “justified”) and will be in the future (“glorified”). Our salvation from beginning to end is secure in God. Our hearts can rest knowing that this chain that God has begun cannot be broken. Please meditate on this and God will remind you that he is in control and will never let you go, from beginning to the very end.

 

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