All Things for Good
We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Friday, 4th Week in Lent
Almighty Father, our source of life, you know our weakness. May we reach out with joy to grasp your hand to receive your strength, your beauty, your mercy to walk more readily within your purpose to which we have been called. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
God promises that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” What assurance this gives us as believers! This takes the worry out of worrisome days because God has a plan, a purpose; and we are part of his plan.
This virus that is going around is not just some random act of chance that the universe is throwing at us that we are trying to dodge. God knew about this virus long ago and had a plan waiting for it before it arrived. What is his plan? That remains a mystery. We are not privy to all the workings of God.
Are we okay with not knowing? That depends. If we are trying to wear God’s shoes and be in control of all of this, then we will be troubled. But if we are content with being a child of God and trust that he has his plans in motion, and they are good ones, we can rest assured.
He has already promised good to us. And we have received it through Christ!
Look for the good that arises–like the early flowers of spring poking their beauty through the winter-trodden soil; like the beauty that emerges between family members who have new conversations and are exploring creative ways they spend time together; like the blessings that we can give one another and our neighbors; like the prayers that emerge from the saints; like the longing we are experiencing for true community! Look for and see God’s hand at work doing good in the midst of this chaotic crisis.
And continue to pray. Pray that God will open our eyes to see his plan more clearly, and our part in it. God cares for you! You are called according to his purpose!
Take courage and see the beauty of today and the Beauty of God!
Pastor Langdon Reinke
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