Mixing Up Goodness
Theme of the Week: God Weaves Purpose into Our Pain
Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: 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, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Romans 8
God permits tragedies. He allows Satan to unleash mayhem. But he doesn't allow Satan to triumph.
[According to today's Key Bible Verse,] God promises to render beauty out of "all things," not "each thing." The isolated events may be evil, but the ultimate culmination is good.
When you sip coffee and say, "This is good," what are you saying? The plastic bag that contains the beans is good? The beans themselves are good? Hot water is good? No, none of these. Good happens when the ingredients work together: the bag opened, the beans ground into powder, the water heated to the right temperature. It is the collective cooperation of the elements that creates good.
Nothing in the Bible would cause us to call a famine good or a heart attack good or a terrorist attack good. These are terrible calamities, born out of a fallen earth. Yet the Bible compels us to believe that God will mix them with other ingredients and bring good out of them.
But we must let God define good. Our definition includes health, comfort, and recognition. His definition? In the case of his Son, the good life consisted of struggles, storms, and death. But God worked it all together for the greatest of good: his glory and our salvation.
—Max Lucado in You'll Get Through This
My Response: How does my own definition of "good" track with God's definition of "good"?
Thought to Apply: The furnace of affliction is a good place for you, Christian; it benefits you; it helps you to become more like Christ, and it is fitting you for heaven.—Charles Spurgeon (British preacher)
Adapted from You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson, 2013; thomasnelson.com) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, you tell me in your Word that you can bring good out of the worst situations (Rom. 8:28) and that nothing can ever separate me from your love (Rom. 8:35-39). Help me to believe and cling to these truths and promises, especially when major disappointments and devastating news come my way.
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