Mar. 13, 2017

True or False?

This is today’s bible verse on Biblegateway.com:

“We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

True or false?

How do we embrace this verse when prayers seem to go unanswered? What do we do with this verse when God seems to be taking a different path? What do we do when He hands us a different plan than what we want or what we’ve asked for in our prayers?

I realize many of you are reading this right now and you are at a low point spiritually. There is chaos and sadness everywhere. For anyone not feeling sadness or chaos, please thank God for your obvious blessings and pray for others who are having to look deeper to find something good in their lives right now.

Cancer – how is that good? Rebellious children – where’s the good in that? Losing a job – how do we find joy and believe in God’s goodness when there is no money coming in but lots of money going out? How can the bible claim that all things work for our good? One translation says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Perhaps this is one of those times that one version of the bible makes more sense and is possibly a little closer to the original translation. I happen to believe that we can find the redemption in all things working together for our good when we love God and are in line with His plan for salvation in a cruel world.

When the darkness is closing out the Light, remember that there were good days before and will be again. When the sadness seems to rule, remember there were times of laughter and will be again. When God simply doesn’t make sense, remember those times that He did and, yes, He will again.

If we can understand that life brings both joy and pain; health and illness; peace and chaos; blessings and cruelty – then we can understand that God is Sovereign even when things feel out of control.

All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose…

So, what do you think? Is the verse true or false? The hardest time to cling to faith is in those times we do not understand. Yet, those are the very times we need our faith the most.

“At what times I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee.” Psalm 56:3