God is Good…All the Time (Romans 8:28)
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.
The story is told that a national magazine assigned a photographer to take pictures of a forest fire. They told him a small plane would be waiting at the airport to fly him over the fire. The photographer arrived at the airstrip just an hour before sundown. Sure enough, a small Cessna airplane was waiting. He jumped in with his equipment and shouted, "Let's go!" The pilot, a tense-looking man, turned the plane into the wind, and soon they were in the air, though flying erratically. "Fly over the north side of the fire," said the photographer, "and make several low-level passes." "Why?" asked the nervous pilot. "Because I'm going to take pictures!" yelled the photographer. "I'm a photographer, and photographers take pictures." The pilot replied, "You mean you're not the flight instructor?"
Sometimes we are like the student pilot and put our confidence in the wrong people. The middle verse of the Bible warns us about putting our confidence in men. Psalm 118:8, It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. However, we can rise above our circumstances by realizing that the Lord is always with us no matter what our situation may be.
In Romans 8, we find a principle that enables us to put our problems into a positive perspective. Notice: Romans 8:28 doesn't say all things that happen to us are good. They aren't! It doesn't say all things that happen to us have a happy ending. They don't! God is able to turn the bad around for our good & for His sovereign purpose in our lives.
One thing God wants us to understand is that blessings sometimes come from blunders. It's often possible to make something better out of something bad. That's the way God works with us. We don't often do right the first time, but He's always ready to salvage the situation no matter how bad we make it. It is a truth of certainty for everyone who loves God.
Pastor R.A. Torrey said, "This verse is a soft pillow for a tired heart." All things.... good or bad; sweet or bitter; victory or defeat; happy or sad; health or sickness; prosperity or poverty; calm or storm; comfort or suffering; life or death...... all things work together for good. This doesn't mean that all that happens to us is good. Evil is prevalent in our world, but God is able to turn the bad around for our good and for His sovereign purpose in our lives. Some people do not know why bad things happen to good people. We know all things work together somehow, for good or our best.
God wants us to be dependent upon Him, not independent of Him. Often God allows circumstances to come into our lives that we will become more dependent in Him. Don't be dependent on that which is unstable or insecure.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, I know the thoughts and plans You have for me are for Your glory and for my good. Whatever I may face today, I can expect that You are working for good in all of it. So I’m going to step forward in faith, trusting You in all things and seeking to cooperate fully with Your plans for me. I know I can’t imagine all the good You have planned for my life, but I also know it’s all coming in Jesus’ name, so I can say, amen!
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