Devotional 6/14

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. Romans 8:28‬

Some of the reasons you gave up were not because it was hard, but because you didn’t know you were winning.

Steven Furtick

Our lives are unpredictable, we have good moments and some bad. In general depending which way we look at it, life is traced with lots of suffering. Although what makes me suffer is not the same as you suffer, we all suffer. We are impacted by random life events, which cause trauma: times of grief, shock, disappointment. And trauma causes change. We all go through hard times, and it can feel like bad times outweigh the good times: worry, stress, confusion, loss of desire (apathy), misunderstanding, betrayal.  Nothing is permanent, everything changes; and of course, a lot of things happen in between that serve as catalysts for us to change. 

In a previous post, I recall writing about not questioning God with “WHY’s”. And today I am led to remind us, not to judge our lives. God wants us to learn how to accept every unexpected event, not in the sense that God caused it but in the sense that God sees what is going on.

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If God knows what is going on, will He not act on our behalf? In order to live from a place of courage and faith, we must guard the word of God in our hearts. The word of God in us, is the core of our confidence in God and gives us the ability to respond correctly to life. In this way whatever is true to us, allows us to live according to it. For example, I can rise after a fall, not because circumstances change; but because God tells me ‘nothing is too hard for Him’, and that ‘I can do all things through Christ’.

When the bible says that all things work for our good, then we must remember that all means ALL. The bible says that God is for us, and that nothing can come against us: even our own wrong choices. We make the assumption that God will not help us, or be faithful to His word even when we make wrong choices, or are going through trials which seem to make no sense. But the truth is in God’s word:

  • It tells us to fight the good fight of faith.
  • After putting the spiritual armor on, and praying the bible tells us to stand firm.
  • And it tells us to work out our own salvation

Why would the bible tell us to keep standing, to grow in the faith and in believing? Because He is working all things together for our good. Despite of trials, heartbreaks, setbacks, and even betrayals: we are exactly in the will of God. We are where we’re supposed to be, doing exactly what we’re supposed to be doing just like Jesus was in the will of God when Judas betrayed Him. Just like Abraham lied about Sarai being his sister, just like David pretended to be insane to save his own life.

We will not be able to make sense of what happens in our lives, not even the sins or mistakes we make but we can be sure that God is working on it…. and it’s going to be good.

Let’s pray:

My God, my redeemer and savior I know your word says that Your thoughts and You ways are higher than our thoughts, and our ways I believe that what you want for us is better for us. I know that you know us better than we know ourselves. I always pray for discernment, and today I ask you for discernment and wisdom. I pray things are clarified to us, and that we are not be blindsided or naïve to believe something that is not likely coming from YOU. I pray that we would come to a place of acceptance, as to what our life has been and what it is. May we accept and embrace all that we are, and see things in a different way than that which the enemy has hinted, influenced or stimulated for us to believe. I also ask that you help us embrace a life of gratitude, in order to accept any and all that you have allowed or brought into our lives. May we live according to the revelations you have given us. May your love cast out all of our fears and doubts. may we respond properly to life. n Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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