Daily Devotional Romans 8:22–30
Have you ever been completely confused about how to pray in a troubling situation? We may sometimes struggle to understand the will of God or even how to approach His throne.
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Thankfully, God has provided His Spirit, who intercedes on our behalf. Just as God-given hope sustains God’s children when they suffer (vv. 22–26), so His Spirit aids our prayers when we can’t find the words. Paul describes the Spirit’s communication as “groanings”—inexpressible and inaudible pleadings in perfect alignment with the Father’s will.
But that’s not all. Paul assured believers with the promise of God’s providence. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called [kletos] according to his purpose” (v. 28). Paul describes the recipients of this providence in two ways—by what they did (“love God”) and by what He did (“called [them] according to his purpose”). As God calls His people, so His people love Him.
Paul then outlines God’s purpose as a series of actions to move His children toward their ultimate glorification (vv. 29–30). First, God foreknows. This is more than just a knowing ahead of time. Biblical “knowing” is also relational. God’s plan for His people began with His decision to enter relationship with them. He directs His people to his desired outcome (that is, conformity to the likeness of Jesus).
Next, God “called” (kaleo) His people. This calling was not a general announcement to the masses. Rather, it was God’s beckoning His children to be His own. This results in believers’ justification (declared as innocent) and glorification (future hope). Paul’s goal is to offer assurance. God is sovereign, and He is working out His plan.
>> There may be days when you doubt your calling. You may wonder if God is truly in your story. Rest assured that God has a plan for your life: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (v. 28).
Pray with Us
Both we who doubt, and we who have no doubts, worship You for graciously knowing us, calling us, justifying us, and nurturing us toward ultimate glorification. You are greater than our doubts, able to save and to hold.