Perspectives from the Heart – March 19, 2020

“Perspectives from the Heart”

Scripture:  “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NKJV).

Corona-virus, terrorism, just and unjust wars, energy crisis, health care crisis, crime, radically fluctuating stock market, uncertainty, children, care for aging parents, the list is unending.  It seems at times circumstances, problems, and an abundance of things to worry about make life appear hopeless.  We feel a tension and an uncertainty that causes us not to look at the future with anticipation and optimism, but with dread and anxiety.  We suffer through each dreadful circumstance, problem, or worry thinking to ourselves, “I’ll be glad when this is over.”

So, how are we to think about life?  How are we to handle and face the events we face each day?   We begin by understanding not everything that happens is for the good.  We should never make the mistake of thinking God is the creator of every  circumstance.  All things are not good and all things are not in the will of God.

The Apostle Paul did not experience all good things.  All things were not good for Jesus.

It is evident that not all things are going to be good for us.

The Bible never tells us that all things are good.  However it does say, “…all things work together for good to those who love God…”  What does that mean to us?

It means some good can come from circumstances that seem bad.  God in a miraculous way can pick up the splintered shards of our lives and make us whole again.  The Apostle is encouraging us to keep going even when things seem to be at their worst.  He is telling us that no matter what has happened in the past, God is able to use it for some good in the future.

Life for us can be better than it seems right now.  God can make a difference and offers us a future beyond our circumstances.  The real question is will we trust Him in the good and bad times?

 

Pastor Dan

March 19, 2020