“All Things Work Together” ( Romans 8:28, WYC ) by Carley Evans


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God has a purpose for your life. Of that I am certain. Because His purposes are perfect, it follows that “all things work together into good” for those who are “called saints.” God perfectly manages events, people, tragedies, successes, changes in your life in a manner that ultimately leads to good for you, one of His saints.

“And we know, that to men that love God, all things work together into good, to them that after purpose be called saints.”

Your perspective however may not allow for you to fully appreciate the good. At times, suffering is so intense it’s easy to lose sight of the “good and perfect will of God.” At these moments, remember Jesus dying a slow painful and lonely death on the cross. Remember His words to the thief at His side, “Today, you will be with Me in paradise.” Jesus never loses sight of the good He’s pursuing.

 

“Be Thankful For Everything” (1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 18, ESV) by Carley Evans


“Rejoice always,” writes Paul. “Give thanks in all circumstances.”

How? By realizing that your circumstances are arranged by God’s will. And, if you are uncomfortable with those circumstances, “pray without ceasing.” Yet, simultaneously, “rejoice.” Be thankful to God for everything.

For, God is perfect. His will for your life is perfect.

Even more wonderful, God knows your needs before you do. He anticipates your failures, your sins, your hurts. He makes the path ahead, every smooth portion, each bump along the way is known by Him.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5: 6 – 7)