Be Still Know
Romans 8:28 NLT
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
I recall hearing the words, ‘all things work together for good’ while in the height of struggles over Katey’s battle with MS. I had to admit I could see very little good in the hand we had been dealt. Yet, what were we to do? Blame God and chuck faith out of the window? Although we didn’t do that, let me tell you I think we came close on several occasions. We were certainly both upset and angry with God more than once.
It was only walking through those bleak years that we both came to understand something of what Paul meant through those words. This working together for good only ever works out while we are first aware of loving God for ourselves and secondly acknowledging that God has a purpose for our life. It demands a recognition that my life is no longer my own the moment I surrender to Christ.
For Katey and me, it was only as we embraced the reality and the bitter disappointment of the journey with MS that we were able to discover any aspect of God’s peace. Our preferred outcome was not to be. Accepting that was challenging. The tension between a physical healing and the ongoing deterioration was difficult to maintain. Yet, we had opportunity to learn about both ourselves and God as a result.
As we learned a whole new way of living, God began to reveal his heart for us both within the situation. Katey became a source of great hope to those who visited and sat with her. I discovered the God of healing who works so much more deeply than in the physical alone. We were both able to respond to God’s requests in serving his purpose from within our situation. The kingdom of God was enriched and grew.
QUESTION: Reflect upon today’s verse. What are your reactions?
PRAYER: Sovereign Lord, I confess I do not always see the truth of this verse, yet whatever happens, help me to love you and serve your kingdom purposes.
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