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“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him; who have been called according to His purpose.”=Romans 8:28
When we first read this verse, it is clear that there are two qualifiers: Loving God and Being Called according to His purpose. But the good news is that: Those who love God ARE called according to His purpose.
So lets look at one example. A wife takes care of her sick husband for years. The tasks are difficult and exhausting, but she is happy to do them because she loves him. She is his wife and his 24/7 caretaker. But despite her loving care, he dies anyway. She is overcome with grief. What good can come out of that?
She takes some time to grieve and then goes on to help many other widows not only grieve, but come out of their grief. She goes on to help many turn to Jesus. She helps many other caretakers learn not only how to navigate the difficult challenges they face, but also how to rest in the Lord. She volunteers at church. And she finds a new kind of joy and peace in her heart, the kind of joy and peace that only God can give :).
Bad things happen to good people. This is earth-not Heaven.
But we know that we can trust God, even when bad things happen, because “in all things God works for the good for those who love Him”
“It is time for you, LORD, to work: for they have made void your law.”-Psalm 118:126
“Therefore I love your commandments above gold, yes above fine gold. Therefore I esteem all your precepts concerning all things to be right, and I hate every false way. Your testimonies are wonderful: therefore does my soul keep them.”-Psalm 118:127-129
For many, the concept of the Trinity means many different things. However, one way to think about the Trinity is to think about God our Father, Jesus Christ His Son and the Holy Spirit as all having One Will. In other words, they all always want the same thing 🙂
“I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me”-Psalm 118:5-6
This is so True! However, we tend to pray this verse when we have “large” troubles. But the Truth is, we can also pray this verse when we have “small” troubles. Perhaps we are exhausted, at the end of our rope, worried about our children or the future…
Whatever is “distressing” us, God will lift us up 🙂 For the “large place” is with God. And we need “not fear” for God will understand and have compassion no matter what our trouble is
We just need to call on Him. For it is God who can give us the Peace that only He can give 🙂
When there is trouble of any size, run to our Lord 🙂
“The Lord has chastened me sore, but he has not given me over unto death”-Psalm 118:18
There is no doubt looking around our world that life is harder than it used to be! And sadly, a lot of this is our own fault. As a nation, we turned our backs on the Lord; we disobeyed God repeatedly. Yes, absolutely, there are many who still Follow Jesus and obey God, but our country is led by those who do not. And there are a number of countries led by those who do not obey God. And sadly, we all pay the price.
But there is also a passage in the Psalm that says:
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
For those who Follow Jesus, we need not fear :). For those who do not Follow Jesus, it is not too late-yet.
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.-Isaiah 59:1-2
Later in Chapter 59, God does save them, but God asks an important question:
“And he saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor”-Isaiah 59:16
“Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; But you shall call your walls Salvation, And your gates Praise. The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory.”-Isaiah 60: 18-19
We look around the world, indeed our own country, and we see violence and destruction in it daily. And it all weighs on our hearts. We can’t help but wonder just what kind of world our children will inherit.
But then we turn to the pages of God’s Word and we are reminded that our Hope is in God, not in this world. And one day, we will return home and worry no more. And our children will have that same path way open to them! 🙂