Good things happen in life and very bad things do too. There are blessings and trials alike. Whether you are a believer or an unbeliever, you will experience similar joys and pains in this life. But, what do I know as believer that is so helpful and hopeful? That God is ‘for me’! And He mapped out in advance the plan and purpose of my life. This knowledge gives me incredible satisfaction and joy, as well as a repository of strength to endure difficulty when it comes… and of course it does come. The most influential person in history, second to Jesus Christ is the apostle Paul. He reminded us that God is superintending the events in our lives to work them toward good. Paul said God causes ‘all things’ to work together for our good. Wow! And he reminds us that God predestined us (mapped out in advance) that we could become like Jesus in word, thought and deed. Let’s believe and allow all that to happen!
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. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:28-31 NIV
How has my belief and trust in God changed my attitude and life? What confidence can I gain from the knowledge that ‘He is for me’?
God, as this day begins- I accept that You love me and have mapped out a way for me become the person You want me to be in Christ. I commit to allow You to do that amazing work within me by the power of the Holy Spirit. Forgive my wrong thoughts and attitudes, instill a love and passion for You, Your holy Word, and Your people. Whatever comes, good or bad, I know You are for me. And ultimately, here or there, You will work it all out for good because I love You and am called according to Your purpose.