Romans 8:28, And 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 8:32, He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?
James 1:22, Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
We can’t avoid hardships and difficulties. We also can’t avoid pain and suffering, we just can’t.
What we can do is remind ourselves that even through the hardships, difficulties, pain and suffering that God is working for us and not against us. Romans 8:28 says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
That verse gives us two simple truths – First, it says God works for those who love Him. Do you love God? Do you really love God? A lot of times we talk about loving God, and most of us even know we should love God but do we really love God? Secondly, that verse says, “God is working for our good,” that means God is on your team making sure you win regardless of the score at the moment. From the world’s perspective, the game looks over, but from God’s perspective He’s just about to do something special. Remember those two points: God works for those who love Him, and God is on your team.
Take care and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D
What did you hear?- What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
What do you think?– How does it apply to your life?
What will you do?– Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude of praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.