God’s Got This…God Will Turn It Around (Romans 8:28)
Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Have you ever felt like nothing in your world was going right? You may have recently experienced the absolute worst day of your life. We all have experienced troubles and know the feeling of having a "crushed spirit." When circumstances are difficult, all too often this affects our attitude toward God and can also inhibit our worship. After all, why should we worship when it seems like life is falling apart at the seams?
This passage should be a great encouragement to God’s children when they must endure suffering in this life. Concerning his faithful people, God will bring good out of all difficulties, troubles, persecution and suffering. The highest good is that we will better relate to and become more like Jesus Christ, which will finally lead to sharing in His glory.
Some are devastated by rejection, but others respond with fortitude and determination to succeed. G. Campbell Morgan was one of 150 young men who sought entrance to the Wesleyan ministry in 1888 at the age of 25. He passed the doctrinal examinations, but then faced the trial sermon. In a spacious auditorium that could seat more than 1,000 people sat three ministers and 75 others who came to listen.
When Morgan stepped into the pulpit that day, the enormous room and the searching, critical eyes caught him off guard even though he had been preaching since he was 13. Two weeks later, Morgan's name appeared among the 105 rejected applicants for the ministry that year. Jill Morgan, his daughter-in-law, wrote in her book, A Man of the Word, "He wired to his father the one word, 'Rejected,' and sat down to write in his diary: 'Very dark everything seems. Still, He knoweth best.' Quickly came the reply: 'Rejected on earth. Accepted in Heaven...Dad.'" Remember, God can use the rejection of others for your good.
In later years, Morgan spoke about his rejection and said, "God said to me, in the weeks of loneliness and darkness that followed, 'I want you to cease making plans for yourself, and let Me plan your life.'" Rejection is rarely permanent, as Morgan went on to prove. Even though Morgan had no formal training for the ministry, his devotion to studying of the Bible made him one of the leading Bible teachers in his day. What you do with the Bible determines what God will do with you. His reputation as preacher and Bible expositor grew throughout England and spread to the United States.
In 1896, D. L. Moody invited him to lecture to the students at the Moody Bible Institute. This was the first of his 54 crossings of the Atlantic Ocean to preach and teach. After the death of Moody in 1899, Morgan assumed the position of director of the Northfield Bible Conference. After five successful years in this capacity, he returned to England (in 1904) and became pastor of Westminster Chapel of London. His preaching and weekly Friday night Bible classes were attended by thousands of people to hear the preaching of the Word of God. Not bad for a guy who supposedly could not preach. God used him greatly. He was faithful in preaching the Word of God until his death in 1945 at the age of 81. He was rejected by men, but approved by God. Rejection often causes us to redirect our course and we may find God has another opportunity waiting for us down the road that is even better. We may never understand all the details behind it, and it may shake us to our core because of our emotional attachment to the people or circumstances involved. Still, we can cling to the truth that God knows best.
Maybe you are in the midst of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, month, or even year. Maybe you feel that in the midst of a valley, it’s too hard to continue. Knowing that God is working all things together for our good brings great comfort in the midst of difficult trials. Take some time today to thank God that He hears our cries, He promises to deliver us, and we can rest assured that He remains close to us even in our darkest moments. “What we do in the crisis always depends on whether we see the difficulties in the light of God, or God in the shadow of the difficulties.” G. Campbell Morgan. One of the greatest comforts in adversity is to realize that the various experiences of life are not by chance but are controlled by the hand of a loving Father for our good, our benefit and blessing. Divine providence works for a special people to bring a profitable conclusion to every experience.
Questions to Consider:
Has rejection left you feeling discouraged?
Have you have been rejected by a close friend or family member or by people in your own church?
Points to Ponder:
God knows your pain.
Trust Him with your future and follow Him faithfully to the next opportunity He sends your way.
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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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship with Christ.