Romans 8:28-30, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

All things, not some things.  God promises that all things work together for good to those who love God.  Why?  Because we are all called by God’s purpose and will.  God’s purpose and will are the only true will and purpose for man.  No other plans come close to God’s.

Foreknew → predestined → called → justified → glorified.  God knew everyone before they were even born.  God created all of humanity.  This leads to predestination.  This shows that God knows all that will happen before it even happens.  This then leads to a calling.  People are called for certain tasks and certain things.  This calling leads to justification.  Justification is the declaring of a person to be just or righteous.  Only God is truly righteous but because of the blood of Jesus, we can be considered righteous too.  Finally justification leads to glorification, which deals with the ultimate perfection of believers.  This perfection is again received through the shedding of blood of Jesus, who died for all the sins of the world.

There are so many things that happen in this world that we just do not understand.  Deaths, natural disasters, pain, suffering.  All of these things are part of God’s plan.  They all work toward the end goal that all people receive from God.  They may not make sense, but they all serve a purpose.  For death, it is to learn that there is an end to life and to help others deal with loss.  For natural disasters, this also brings people together to help each other in times of need.  Whatever the reason, all things happen for a reason and all things have a purpose or else God would not have created it.

In closing, I leave you with the chorus of one of my favorite hymns by John Henry Sammis, “Trust and Obey.”

Refrain:
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way.  To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being in control.  Thank You for being a bigger God than all of our problems and worries.  When we look to You, all else fades away.  You are our Father and You protect us.  We know that there are no guarantees for an easy life.  We do know that You provide a plan for us after this life.  This eternal life is free of pain, crying, grief, and other hurts.  I pray that all of Your creation come to know You and that eternal life to enjoy all that You are.  We love You, Lord.

In Your name we love and pray,

Amen

 

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