Even in troublesome times, He works for our good!

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“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.” ~ Romans 8:28

The Tuscaloosa area has suffered a great calamity in the past week. We have witnessed first hand the power of a tornado to destroy homes, property and even lives. Our thoughts and prayers are particularly with those whose world has been turned upside down by injury or even the death of a loved one from this storm.

As I consider comforting Scriptures during this time, none captivates my attention any more than the very familiar Romans 8:28. The Scripture says, “We know that ALL things work together for good…”, but surely it couldn’t refer to something as tragic as we have witnessed in the past few days. However, there is no exception clause given in this passage. It is clearly written, “All things.” Have you ever noticed that this verse isn’t directed at our emotions, but rather it is directed at our intellect? Paul doesn’t say, “We feel that all things…”; He says, “We know….”. It is a great injustice to expect our selves to stand in the ashes of a calamity or at the casket of a loved one and feel the truth of this verse. The reality for all of us, who experience loss, is that we feel hurt, pain, doubt and sometimes even anger in the midst of our suffering. We should never ignore the fact that painful emotions are at work.

It is during times like this, that we have to depend upon what we know rather than what we feel. We know several things from this verse:

  1. God is sovereign and uses calamity and blessings in our lives at various times.
  2. God is faithful to His children and nothing can shake that faithfulness.
  3. God is working out His purpose, not ours.

We often want this last part of this verse to read, “…according to our purpose.” Thank God it doesn’t say that! All through the Bible, we see tragedies, calamities and heartaches that served God’s purpose. Even through the tornado of April 27, 2011, God is working for our good and His glory. Someday, we will stop and reflect upon His providence in this calamity.

Child of God, take a moment to thank God for His goodness, His providence, His mercy, and His sovereignty. Thank Him for how good He has been to you even through this time. He is longsuffering to us all. He has shown us mercy all the days of our lives. Even in such a time as this, He is still on the throne!!

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