On Sunday we're going to be looking at our next Texts for Life verse - Romans 8:28 - "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."
I find this verse both a great challenge and a great encouragement. A great challenge as to whether I can truly believe that God could really be using everything that has happened in my life for good - especially those events which I look back at and think "where was God in all that". But also a great encouragement, that if it really is true that God is working all things for good, then that can give me a whole different perspective on life and the events which come my way.
If you have time between now and Sunday I'd encourage you to spend some time meditating on Romans 8:28. You can do that by just finding a quiet place and spending time thinking on each group of words in the verse, talking to God and thinking about what those words mean, both in the context of the verse and in the context of your life. On Sunday I'll be breaking the verse down into these phrases:
- 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.
but please feel free to break it down any way you want.
It's actually going to be a sermon in two parts, with the second half three weeks later when I'll be speaking on 2 Corinithians 1:3-4 - "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."
It's going to be a powerful message, dealing with some gritty issues at the core of what it means to have a realtionship with God, so please be there if you can.