Romans 8:28 is a popular verse that most people are familiar with. It says “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Everything ultimately works out for the good of believers. We quote it in hard-times when we need to feel encouraged about our present sufferings (which according to Romans 8:18 are not worth comparing to future glory that God will reveal in us… just fyi). I’m not at all about to contradict the fact that all things works out for our good because I totally believe in this verse and agree that they do. However, a lot of us who quote that verse have failed to read the previous verse where it tells us how exactly this almost un-comprehendable fact is even possible. It is all because of the Holy Spirit and if we don’t allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives I would dare to say that all things won’t in fact work our for our good.
"And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." - Romans 8:26-28
We don’t even know how to express to God what we need.. what we truly need that aligns with his will. We know how to ask for stuff for sure. But we can’t express in human words what we need that will bring all things to work out for our good. But the Holy Spirit does. And God understands the Holy Spirit. There are many christians that don’t acknowledge the Holy Spirit at all. There are even churches that won’t allow “Holy Spirit” or “Holy Ghost” to be said from pulpit. If we quench the Holy Spirit in our lives we are cutting ourselves off from much needed intercessory.
We need to knowingly and intentionally allow the Holy Spirit to move in our lives. By no means do we ever need to push Him aside in order to remain politically correct. Our minds should be totally set on the Holy Spirit, his thoughts, his opinions, his instruction. We need to actively and intentionally set our minds on Him.
"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit." - Romans 8:5
Acknowledgement of the Holy Spirit is a big deal. If we rely on him, everything in our lives will (ultimately) work out for our good. He (according to Romans 8:16) even assures us of our own salvation. Without Him we not only will feel disconnected from God but we may even find ourselves doubting our salvation all together. We can’t do anything for the Kingdom of God without the Holy Spirit. If we don’t rely on him and especially if we deny his existence all together… well, that’s scary.