What joy! What peace! We could have if only we would remember as we go through our days that for the child of God nothing is left to chance. If we could only hold the hand of our Lord as we held the hand of our parnets when little as we ventured forth knowing that we were never alone and always cared for. We never feared nor worried because we knew our Dad and Mom were there to take care of us. Just as our parents were there to love and guide us so, too, does He when we take His hand.
The Undetected Sacredness of Circumstances
Romans 8:28 (Rom_8:28)
The circumstances of a saint’s life are ordained of God. In the life of a saint there is no such thing as chance. God by His providence brings you into circumstances that you can’t understand at all, but the Spirit of God understands. God brings you to places, among people, and into certain conditions to accomplish a definite purpose through the intercession of the Spirit in you. Never put yourself in front of your circumstances and say, “I’m going to be my own providence here; I will watch this closely, or protect myself from that.” All your circumstances are in the hand of God, and therefore you don’t ever have to think they are unnatural or unique. Your part in intercessory prayer is not to agonize over how to intercede, but to use the everyday circumstances and people God puts around you by His providence to bring them before His throne, and to allow the Spirit in you the opportunity to intercede for them. In this way God is going to touch the whole world with His saints.
Am I making the Holy Spirit’s work difficult by being vague and unsure, or by trying to do His work for Him? I must do the human side of intercession — utilizing the circumstances in which I find myself and the people who surround me. I must keep my conscious life as a sacred place for the Holy Spirit. Then as I lift different ones to God through prayer, the Holy Spirit intercedes for them.
Your intercessions can never be mine, and my intercessions can never be yours, “. . . but the Spirit Himself makes intercession” in each of our lives (Rom_8:26). And without that intercession, the lives of others would be left in poverty and in ruin.