Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We don't always have to have a word

Through the Bible in 90 Days: Day 80

Read: Acts 28:17-Romans 14:23

Verse that stood out:
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 - Romans 8:26-27

Reading the Bible through in 90 days hasn't been the easiest thing I've ever attempted. Blogging about the journey certainly hasn't. I don't always have something to say. That doesn't mean the Bible doesn't have something to say. Or more specifically, that God doesn't have anything to say through the scriptures. He does. But there is always a distance between "Thus saith the Lord" and my words. Sometimes more than others.

Romans is a spectacular book of the Bible. Its words have shaped some of Christianity's brightest thinkers - Luther, Barth, etc. There is a lot to write on in this book. And yet when you read it in a day, it's difficult to narrow in on anything. I find comfort in Paul admitting that often we don't know what to say, or what to pray for. On the one hand, often the world's struggles leave us at a loss for words. On the other, God's majesty and mercy and sheer otherness leave us searching for any word that could capture God.

Our hopes, our fears, God's greatness, God's love, they each defy description at times. Paul assures us, we don't always have to have a word in order to be faithful. Thank God.

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