“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)

“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).

Throughout my years as a Christian, Romans 8:28 has been my staple, my go to passage daily. It perfectly summarizes my life’s journey up until this point in my life in one sentence. This one sentence is so powerful, it’s words are so full of meaning. One of the first things that stand out for me in this verse is that it lets us know that in “‘all things, God works for the good of those who love Him”. This reassures us that God is with us every moment of our lives. Maybe you haven’t thought about it, but life’s triumphs and tragedies often arise from the same situations when circumstances make it more likely that the worst will happen but there can be just as much possibility for the best to happen. Many years ago, before my dad died, he gave me one of the best pieces of advice than anyone has ever given me when he said, “nothing is ever as good or as bad as it seems, so make the most of it”.

What are some of the things that are troubling you the most today? Somehow, there is a way to transform those difficulties into wonderful accomplishments. It’s mostly up to you and how you respond. Will you accept the tragedy or choose triumph? In times of trouble, it’s easy to exaggerate the severity of the situation. Yes, there are times when you might be in deep trouble or facing a seeming insurmountable challenge. No matter how bad things get, the sun will rise tomorrow. Persist through it all and eventually, you’ll end up on top.

Although, we may have times in our lives when we experience being without the physical presence of someone, a friend, spouse, relative, etc. to talk to and share our burdens with, I am reminded that God is with me even in my most vulnerable moments, my happy moments, my sad moments, and my quiet moments. While I am crying, sad, hurt, or even experiencing my happy life moments, God is at work in my life. He is not sitting idly by watching and waiting. He is busy ordering, directing, and orchestrating the fine details of my life. He is in control even when we feel out of control.

We must trust that God is working on it, He is there and knows what we are dealing with. God not only works on our behalf during the good times to bless us with that new promotion, new house, or something that we have prayed and asked Him for, He is also in control of the bad situations that we have. God takes our tragedies and our trials and works them together to make something good emerge.

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