“The Spirit of God not only maintains this hope within us, but helps us in our present limitations. For example, we do not know how to pray worthily as sons of God, but his Spirit within us is actually praying for us in those agonising longings which never find words.” (Romans 8: 25-26, JB Phillips New Testament)
The hope that is within us may feel like it is only flickering at times. We’re not even sure we have anything left, so great feel the doubts and so looming the dire presentations of the senses.
But God maintains this hope within us. It is an awareness that He is with us. And this consciousness of Truth is built in to us. It is why we respond to beauty, kindness, love, goodness, even when we feel at a point of despair. Our hearts know that the small light we may see is greater than the darkness around us, and so we feel hope. We feel an awakening to something beyond material appearances. Our spiritual senses kick in and say, “Yes, I am listening.”
God’s spirit within us is always leading us to know Him. And so, the human cry for help, when we feel afraid or unsure, is met with God’s help. We may not even know how to pray, and yet He shows us how to find Him. Our longing, in the dark, in those times of wilderness, is met with God’s guidance, His mercy, His affection, His willingness to be what we can’t be ourselves—in control, clear, confident, and fearless.
God guides us home by putting that beacon light within us, that hope, that yearning, which doesn’t need words to be known, because Love’s Oneness is already understood.
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