“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

About some things, believers are absolutely sure. We know, for example, that God sits in the controls of the ship while it navigates the rockiest water. We believe that God’s invisible hand is always on us, and that wherever our world may drift, God is steering it.

This reassuring knowledge should prepare us for everything. We look at the raging water, and see the spirit of Jesus walking the waves. We hear a voice saying, “It is I, be not afraid.” (John 6:20)

We know that God is always wise, and so we are confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes. Nothing can occur that God is somehow unaware is happening. We can truthfully say,

“Even if I lose all I have, it is better that I lose it than have it, if God wills it. The worst calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing that could befall to me if God wills it.” We can say this because “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.”

Christians don’t just believe this as a theory, but instead know it as fact. Everything can work for good, such as when dangerous and deadly drugs, mixed in the right proportions, can become a powerful cure. Believing that God rules all, that He governs wisely, and that He brings good out of evil, our hearts will be assured. You and I are enabled to calmly meet each trial as it comes. Christians can, in the spirit of true surrender, pray, “Send me what you will, my God, so long as it comes from You. Never has there come an ill portion from Your table to any of Your children.”

Remember that God has servants everywhere, His method is holy, His heart profoundly kind, and His timing is always perfect.

Question: How can you think of examples of how God has used things in your life for good, even when the situation seemed bleak?

By Charles H Spurgeon
Used by Permissio

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.” Psalm 17:7

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Resolutions. And yes I asked the same question. “Who keeps new year’s resolutions?”

My resolutions for this year are quite simple: Live, Listen, Love, Laugh. I want to ‘live’ more for the Lord, I want to ‘listen’ more to the Lord, I want to ‘love’ more in the Lord and to ‘laugh’ in the freedom of the Lord.

If each day is a new day and each year is a new year, then why not set some attainable, sustainable, measurable resolves? The first three are quite obvious and I should be trying, on a daily basis, to pursue them. The fourth one, to ‘laugh,’ is one that struck me as the one needing the most work.  I have become too serious; I take things too serious; I make things become too serious. It is time to relax a bit, find the humor in things and then find time to share the lighter side of things with others.

Researchers are now suggesting one of the best stress relievers is to smile. Feeling stressed? Smile! Feeling depressed? Smile! Feeling down? Smile!

Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

This is what I call, ‘laugh in the freedom of the Lord.”  Instead of waiting until I’m all out of, ‘doing it myself,’ energy, I stop and laugh and say to myself, “How silly,” and acknowledge that He is with me all the time and always ready to strengthen me. I chuckle and ask, “Will you help me?”  You already know the answer! And it made you smile didn’t it!

So this year join me in Living, Listening, Loving and Laughing It’s worth it!

My prayer for us this week:

Lord help us draw even closer to you this next year. We thank you for your righteousness for it gives us our freedom in Christ, We thank you and sing our praises to You. In Jesus name amen.

Have a great Living, Listening, Loving and Laughing New Year.