12/15/2022 0 Comments
Life Is Hard
In dealing with some of the hurt we experience in life, we need to focus on not being surprised that we have pain, and also not losing hope that God will help when we need Him and seek Him. Thirdly, we have to take the long range view of our circumstances. I know and have seen people have grown and rejoiced in God’s goodness even in the midst of some unplanned problem they’ve faced. These verses in Romans specifically tell us how to view things we don’t understand or that cause pain. It may not feel like these verses are true at the time, but that’s where the Holy Spirit helps and reminds us of that very truth. Whether it is the news of a bad medical report or an unexpected pink slip, God can and does work things together for a greater good as we place our trust in Him. The question is will we let Him? And remember when life hurts, don’t be surprised, don’t lose hope, and trust God with the long view. For He works ALL things for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.
Questions for further thought:
1. What does it mean that “all things work together for good?”
2. Have I ever used these verses for comfort during a trial? Did it prove to be true?
Challenge: Try to reflect on a painful situation in your life and try to see the fruit in yourself and others that may have been produced as a result.
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