28 “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. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:28,29
God shows this to me everyday: that the good, the bad, and the ugly, are always part of a better plan. His plan for His child.
No matter what dark waters overwhelm my soul, in spite of their darkness and deepness, they always sink away. Because God shows His mercy and light always.
As a Christian, life is often full with persecution. It’s a different kind. Unbelievers are constantly unsettled, unhappy, without hope, without direction. I know. And believers they are faced with very hard trials, caused by the sin in their own lives and the fiery darts of the Wicked One.
Sometimes it seems He is near and distant at the same time. Not because I really think He is, but because the trials are so heavy.
I ask HIM why.
He shows me: all things work together for good.
Sometimes the bad causes healing. Something better to happen. And He always fills me even more overflowing with HIS joy, hope, grace, love, thankfulness. His Spirit.
It is in hard times that I cry out to Him most. And He always hears me. My expectations may take longer than my sinful heart wants, but they always come at the perfect time. Things always work out for good.
When persecutions and trials are severe, I know this promise is true. Because it is His promise, the promise of God, maker of heaven and Earth!
He promises to give us joy, to be closer to us than ever before, to give us His Spirit.
And now His mercies are showering on me mercy after mercy, and the mercy I am most thankful for is His Spirit: joy and thanksgiving.
Because even in the good times He is bringing me on my knees, not from the weight of my sins and this world, but because of the JOY that makes me fall down and praise Him!
Lord, thank You for always keeping Your promises! Your word is unfailing, and Your mercy endures forever! Please keep the temptations and the trials of the Evil One away from me, guard me. And cause me never to forget you, and need reminding through trials, but to continue to remember Your mercy and grace and infinite LOVE. Through Jesus Christ Your Son, and My Savior, A-men.