a good day to see God at work.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” Romans 8:28 KJV
God has a hand in everything that takes place around us. Nothing escapes His attention. His eye is constantly on His purpose, and not necessarily our happiness, so we might not always be completely satisfied with everything that happens in our lives.
If we are fortunate enough to have accepted Jesus Christ as our savior and are willing to place our very existence in God’s hands, we will know that regardless of what may happen around us, or to us, God is working for the good of all who love Him and trust in Him. Perhaps we need to hang a sign in our homes to remind us: “GOD AT WORK – PATIENCE REQUIRED”.
As true children of God, we must accept the fact that what we want may not be what is good for those around us and may not fit in with God’s plans. We must constantly remind ourselves that God works for the good of everyone, and what He sees may be different from what we would like to see. As Christians, we have freedom, but we need to be sensitive to the freedom of others as well.
It is part of our nature as human beings and as God’s children to ask for things from the Father, but as maturing Christians we also need to realize that we need to ask God for guidance in helping us see how we fit into His plans, and how we fit His purpose.
We should also be aware that evil is all around us in today’s world. It should come as no surprise that occasionally some harm may befall us. It is during these times that we must fully trust God and know that He can make good things come from evil. As evidence of this, we only need to look to the Bible to the story of Joseph and the hardships he endured. Betrayal by his brothers; being imprisoned for doing the right thing when he resisted sexual temptation: it would have been easy for him to throw up his hands in frustration and say, “Why me?”, but Joseph always looked forward and tried to hold God’s hand in order that God would lead him through his troubles. When he finally came face to face with his brothers, they feared retribution by him. Instead, Joseph showed them love and told them, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” (Genesis 50:20 NLT).
We need only to have faith in God’s wisdom and trust His love for us. That way we will know that He will always be working for the good of all of us. It may take some effort on our part now and then to understand, but if we ask God for the patience to wait for His purpose, we will see that His purpose is good and we will know He is working for the good of everyone.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson