Romans 8:28 (NIV)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
Our Verse of the Day is one of my favorites in all of the Bible. One thing that I like the most is its assurance of God’s care and concern. We live in a fallen world. Sometimes do not make the best decisions for ourselves. Sometimes we are harmed by the decisions of others. But we can take heart that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose! He will not always remove the circumstances or consequences of the situations we encounter in life, but we can trust … we can KNOW … that the goodness of His purposes will prevail in them. There are a few related scriptures that come to mind as I think about this verse:
Genesis 50:19-21 (NKJV)
Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Deuteronomy 31:7-8 (NIV)
Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
John 16:33 (NIV)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble and tribulation. But take heart and be of good cheer! I have overcome the world.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV)
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Quoting from Psalm 118:6-7)
Whatever you are going through today … whatever hardship or brokenness you have endured in life … remember that God will work ALL things for your good when you love Him and trust Him with your life. He will go before you and be your rearguard. You can know and have confidence in the love and compassion of God to bring you through all the circumstance and situations that will refine and build your faith in Him. And so, I encourage you as well: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Cf. Proverbs 3:5-6) Amen.
So Now You Know…
Have a Blessed Day!