Searching, Interceding, Revealing, Empowering

Daily Devotion | Day 250

“Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:27, NKJV).

Words do not suffice to describe the Father’s love for us. God in several ways has demonstrated His love for us (think of John 3:16 and Romans 5:8, for example). He gave His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Many of us are familiar with that. But there is another – equally important – thing God did to prove His love for us. It doesn’t get enough attention. And that is, the giving of the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5 tells us, “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

Compare Romans 5:5 with John 3:16. You will notice that the Father has blessed us with two great Gifts: the Gift of His Son, and the Gift of the Holy Spirit. Essentially, the Father has nothing left to give. Everything the Father wanted to (and could) give, are all contained in the Son (the Word) and the Spirit. Therefore, if you have the Son and the Spirit, you have everything – literally.

Paul describes the Father as being the searcher of hearts. God says that about Himself in Jeremiah 17:10. Because He searches hearts (and by implication nothing is hidden from Him), He knows the mind of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit intercedes for the saints (meaning Christians) according to the will of God. If you think that human intercession is helpful, think about how potent the Holy Spirit’s intercession is. When the Spirit begins to intercede for you, the Father understands what the Spirit is asking/saying on your behalf (This is awesome!). The Father ‘searches’ the mind of the Spirit and knows what His pleading is.

But, wait. The Holy Spirit also ‘searches’ the Father. Here is how Paul puts it, “For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10). Why does the Spirit search the deep things of God? So that “we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12). The Spirit’s work is to reveal to us everything the Father wants us to know. And He does this by searching the deep things of God. Isn’t that amazing?

By searching, interceding and revealing, the Holy Spirit empowers us to function as God’s children. From today, deepen your awareness of God’s love for you in giving you His Holy Spirit. And be always cheerful, joyful and secure – knowing Who is interceding for you.

Blessing: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you today. Amen.

For further studyJohn 16:5-15 and 1 Peter 1:10-12