Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. Romans 8:26
Have you ever felt strength less, weak, sick, or frail? Do you ever feel like you are trying to do things on your own? Do you ever feel overwhelmed, wondering how you are going to make it through?
Jesus saw all of that and He knew that we were going to need someone to walk with us and help us. How wonderful is it that He made those provisions for us? He said, ‘I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever’ (John 14:16).
He knew that we were going to need help. He recognized, that the assignment that He has given, could not be completed without the help of the Holy Spirit. He knew what frailties and weaknesses we were going to experience, and He made a provision for us!
Romans 28:6 Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
The Holy Spirit was sent to help us. The word help means to lay hold along with, to strive to obtain with others, help in obtaining, to take hold with another, embrace to help, to be a partaker of. We see the idea here of, the Holy Spirit joining together with us to help us succeed and overcome. He is at work with us. We are not left alone; we can rely and call upon Him to help us.
I love how Robertson describes this! ‘Here beautifully Paul pictures the Holy Spirit taking hold at our side at the very time of our weakness and before too late.’ The Holy Spirit comes alongside us, takes hold, and before it is too late He helps us in our weakness!
It is interesting to note key descriptive words, ‘helps, together, lay hold along with, help in obtaining’. The Holy Spirit works ‘with’ us. He is not doing the work ‘for’ us, but He is coming along side us to help. We still have to take responsibility and do our part, but He has promised that He will meet us in our weakness and lay hold along with us so that we can overcome and have victory.
When a parent helps a child walk up a stairway, that child has all the strength and resources of the parent, but the child still must take the steps and walk up the stairway himself. This illustration still doesn’t describe the full impact of when the Holy Spirit lays hold and comes along side with us, but it gives us a framework and a mind picture to relate to.
When He is active in our lives and helping us, we are connected with the full provisions of the Godhead – wisdom, peace, strength, wealth, understanding, healing, provisions, discernment, and the list goes on! He helps us as we grow and walk. Just like we want to see our children grow and mature, God’s desire for us to grow and mature governs His help for us. He wants US to do it, He wants US to succeed. He wants US to overcome.
Oh how amazing! How wonderful is that? We don’t have to do life alone! We have been given a Helper!
*Robertson’s Word Pictures of the New Testament.