ALL THINGS FOR GOD'S GOOD
25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.28 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 8:25-28
These words were written for my heart today. I have rally been struggling trying to find a way to get peace through the current storms surrounding our family. I know that God has a plan and will continue to be there to help us draw strength in troubled times... it is just hard as a parent or leader when you have to watch the battles you cannot fight for your students. but we have someone that already knows the outcome and is preparing us in advance for the next steps. That is the beauty of God's love and grace. Even when we only see the immediacy of the moment, God is able to see the bigger picture and the greater plan. Is it something that we can honestly understand? Maybe only in hindsight as we navigate through the waters of the world and land on the solid foundation of God. It is all about stretching our faith and relying on God. I will be honest... even for a minister I have days when I just hurt for my girls and continue to ask God for answers. But one thing that my faith journey has shown me... when one door closes, God closes the door. And when another door opens... God opens the door. And in both circumstances, I know that God has us in His heart and mind and the is the exact place that we need to be in those times of uncertainty.
Does that make it easier... probably not as humans. We continue to try and write our own story and we want to know the outcome. But if we knew the outcomes, that would totally take away from the faith factor that God continues to place all around us. It really is a faith over fear scenario. If we truly had faith in God to believe that He works all things out for our
good, then we would have the confidence that we need to step into the situations without
fear being a factor. It is when we allow the fear in our lives to overcome our thoughts that causes us to question and doubt that God's ways are perfect and good regardless of the situations that surround us. So I am trying to take some of my own advice as I walk through this daily journey with God. If it only affected me, I think that I would be perfectly fine, but because it has more to do with my family... I struggle because I don't want them to hurt or feel sorrow or pain. I know that is the exact same way that God feels every time I make a poor decision or cause myself to miss out on His blessings because of my lack of faith or trust. And believe you me... I fully trust God, I do. It has carried me throughout my whole life and I have to continue to call for God to bind satan from my thoughts when it comes to the struggles that my girls face each day. I have to continue to step into the same belief that has carried me for 47 years... God works ALL... not some... but ALL things out for the good of those who love and trust Him. Come on Jason, stop worrying and step into the joy of the moment that God says it may hurt for a moment but it will be ok in the long run.
As we see Paul speaking to the people of Rome, once again he is talking to the people that he knows and grew up with in some way. His message has completely changed from when he was Saul, and now it gives him the opportunity to talk with authority as one that has gone through the storm and stepped out on the other side. Paul never realized that anything was going to work out until God took him through the storm. Paul could have never fathomed that impact that he has on people even today, and all of that is because of his willingness to step through the door and take hold of the fact that God had a better plan for his life. And now looking back we can see how God used Paul to change the world. With his first encounter with God, he was terrified, anxious and thought he would surely never be able to do anything ever again. But God had already begun working out the plan. God had already been putting things into place so that when Paul stepped out in faith, God was ready to take him the rest of the way. I just remind myself each day that we should be looking at our situations through the same lens. And YES, I know that it is hard, but that is why it is called faith. Being sure of what we hope for and CERTAIN of what we cannot see. We are not the first and will not be the last to walk through these times of questions and uncertainty. But we will be able to look back and see how God provided for us every step of the way.
So today I am asking that you say a prayer for me as we navigate the next steps that are ahead of us. I ask that you pray that God will also illuminate your path in such a way that you can step boldly into His vision for your life. I pray that as we continue to walk together, we are able to envision God's greater purpose... even when the door in front of us has been
closed. It really is a testing of our faith, and every day we trust God a little more, the next days will be a little easier to step out and recognize why we endured the race. God is calling for us to step into each day with a boldness and confidence that is filled with humility and grace. We may not know what tomorrow will bring, but we serve a Savior that has already plowed ahead of us and prepared for us an opportunity to see it through His eyes. I just want to let you know that I am praying for the same strength for you as I pray for myself. I am constantly letting God take more and more control over every situation, but I still have human tendencies and need to step out of that boat and keep my eyes continuously focused on HIM. May your day be a little brighter because of the words we read today. God has a plan and it is for our benefit. Not saying it is for our prosperity, but it is to help create within us a stronger faith in the ONE who created all things. Remember that we are to give everything over to God... even the small stuff. May our faith lead to more actions of humility, boldness and trust for the ONE who loved us so much that He was willing to step into our world, endure the cross and overcome death. Thank you God for loving us!