Monday, June 7, 2010

In All Things God Works for Our Good

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28
 

Yesterday Pastor Bickel taught from Romans 8:28 in the afternoon Bible Study at Bethel Baptist Fellowship.  He gave four truths to encourage us, as long as two conditions are met.  The conditions are to love God (be in a right relationship with Him), and be called according to His purpose (where my plan gives way to God’s plan).  When those two things are true, “All seeming adverse circumstances can be viewed as advantageous.”

Four Truths to Encourage You:

  1. God’s plan is beneficial - “good”
  2. God’s plan is active - “work”
  3. God’s plan is inclusive - “all”
  4. God’s plan is harmonious - “together”

I was reminded of one of my favorite songs, “In All Things God Works for Our Good” by Lloyd Larson.  The lyrics go like this:

In the lush verdant valleys where we walk sure and strong,
or the rugged terrain unsafe and long;
God has promised His help: “Fear not, I will guide you.
”Take my hand for my promises are true.”

And this we know, in the journey of life,
whether green rolling hills, or the deserts bare and dry,
in all things God works for our good, for we who love the Lord.

In the seasons of life, times of joy or despair, vict’ry and defeat;
“I know the plans I have for you,” says your God.
”Plans to prosper you, not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future! 
Believe in me!  Trust in me!  For I am your God!”

And this we know, in the journey of life,
whether green rolling hills, or the deserts bare and dry,
in all things God works for our good, for we who love the Lord.

May you be encouraged that God is working everything for good if you have met the two conditions!  Have a blessed day…

Love,
Andrea

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