One of my favorite passages and yours is Romans 8:28: “…all things work together for good…” However here at church in the last few weeks it is sometimes a ‘challenge’ to remember that truth isn’t it? June 14, our beloved Ms. Margaret Ragan went to be with the Lord, and on the same day as her funeral we had a tree hit by lightning (we’ll probably lose it), and a 16 ton air conditioning unit blew up, all due to the storm.
Sort of gives new meaning to “when it rains, it pours” doesn’t it? Well, we must not forget one great truth…nothing is a surprise to God. He isn’t on vacation, He still loves His people, and no matter how dark the storm, and loud the thunder, God is above it all and solely in charge, Amen!
I understand when the dark clouds to roll in and the lightning and thunder surrounds you, fear can creep in and grasp you by the throat. These are the times that God has granted us to teach us some valuable lessons in trust. Beloved, it may not seem like it, but these lessons are gifts. Receive it as a gift from God. Let me point out how this is in a few ways:
1. They teach us to rely upon the providence of God, in other words God teaches us to believe in Him no matter what is going on.
2. They teach us to reach out and up to Him during these times, to seek His wisdom and direction. If we ignore this valuable gift and go on like it’s simply another ‘trial’ to get through in life, we may miss a great opportunity to see God do a marvelous work in our lives.
3. They teach us to recognize that in ‘all things’ God is there and does not desert His children in times of difficulty. This is probably one of the most difficult things to do. The pressures and stresses of what is assailing us is meant (by the devil) to distract and get us to rely on our own answers and ways to solve the problem and not depend on the Lord.
4. They teach us that we must realize this world is NOT our home. We are at odds with everything the world is, and realize we are no longer comfortable here, we are waiting for Jesus to come and take us home.
5. Lastly, they teach us to rest in the Lord and give all we have and all we are to Him. Rest in Him beloved and love Him fully. The last part of verse 28 says: “…to those who love God, to those who are the called according to HIS purpose.” We absolutely want to live in the center of His purpose. Love will drive and keep you there my friends.
All of God’s best answers are reserved for those who ‘love God’. After all you do want the best answer to that problem, don’t you?
May God richly bless and encourage you by His Spirit is my prayer…