Day Thirteen: "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those called according to His purpose." (NKJV)
Do you remember when you first received Christ? Do you remember the date, the time, and the place where you knew you were saved? Can you recall the enthusiasm you had about your walk with God, the excitement about what was yet to come because you were now part of the family of God?
As new believers we see many Christians on fire for the Lord. They are the first ones arriving at the church and the first ones volunteering to help. They are willing to do things that they have never done because they are excited about serving. They tell everyone they meet about their conversion experience in hopes of others coming to Christ and/or sharing their own personal testimonies. As a new believer, it also seemed as if everything we prayed for the Lord answered quickly. Those of us who have been saved for a while know what it means to be sold out, completely committed, and on fire for the Lord.
As we continued in our relationship with the Lord we realized that being saved does not make us exempt from trials and tribulations. There are days when it seems as if you are being attacked from every direction. There are days when you wish you could start over again and make different choices. There are days when you will say, "if it’s not one thing, it’s another." As the older saints used to say, "you may have to cry some times." In the midst of all of these things we still need to remain faithful to reading and studying God’s word and remain faithful to prayer.
The good news today is that in spite of all that may be happening to us, in relationships, on our jobs, in our churches, in the White House, or in your house, there are certain things that we know. To know means "to perceive, notice or discern." Though there may be some distractions, disappointments and detours on your way to destiny we know that all of these things are working together for our good but for His glory. How would you know God is a healer if you’ve never been sick? How would you know God is a way maker if you’ve never had your back against the wall? How would you know that God will provide if you never had a need?
All of us will face some things that seem impossible at one time or another in our lives. There will be days when it seems as if hope has disappeared. Those are the days when we must keep looking to the hills from whence cometh all of our help. It may not look good today, it may not feel good today, but God will use all of these things to grow us in grace and in faith.
WE KNOW that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.
WE KNOW that we can cast our cares on Him because He cares for us.
WE KNOW that by His stripes we were healed.
WE KNOW God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son.
WE KNOW we serve an "on-time" God!
We KNOW things are turning around in our favor and abundance is our portion.
Yes, things are coming together and it’s working out for our good.
Have a Happy Saturday!!!!