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.
(Friday, June 4, 2010 at 1:21pm)
A harsh response stirs up wrath.
A gentle answer turns away anger.
“Don’t allow the sun to go down on your anger.”
“For anger does not bring about the will of God.”
“Who can stand before His wrath? Who can resist His fury? His anger pours out like a stream of fire, and the rocks melt before Him… He Himself will make an end of you all.” (Nahum 1: 6, 8, NEB)
Essentially the only time Jesus is recorded as angry is in the temple which is a marketplace rather than a place of worship — a “den of thieves” rather than the “house of the Lord.” Jesus drives out the thieves with the very wrath of God.
Anger is a part of our God. He knows anger; He feels wrath — a need for revenge against enemies. God has enemies; they are us.
God’s gentle response to His anger against us, His enemies, is to send His Son Jesus Christ to die on the Cross in our stead; His wrath is not turned away but poured out on His own Son — His wrath is fully released and totally satisfied.
“For, because you trusted in your works and your treasures, you also shall be taken.” “And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad — in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of Him who calls — she was told, ‘The older shall serve the younger’ As it is written, ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’ What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means!” (Romans 9: 10 – 14) Neither our heritage nor our works make us right with God. Having all the treasure in the world does not make us right in His sight. “So then He has mercy on whomever He wills, and He hardens whomever He wills. You will say to me then, ‘Why does He still find fault? For who can resist His will?’ But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its maker, ‘Why have you made me like this? Has the potter no right over the clay?” (Romans 9: 18 – 21) Yes, we are clay — we are all alike. We come from the same father, Adam — just as Jacob and Esau come from the same father, Isaac. Yes, God is the potter. He made and owns the clay. Yes, He has all rights over us. He is allowed. “But to all who do receive Him, who believe in His Name, He gives the right to become children of God, who are born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1: 12 – 13)