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.
It’s easy for us to believe that God is in control when things are going well. However, we can begin to wonder where God is when a spouse dies, a loved one is ill, or a friend is suffering through the loss of a job or the heartache of a broken relationship.
There is a story about a little boy who told his grandma “everything is going wrong.” He got in trouble at school, his brother hit him, and he has a bad cold. Meanwhile, the grandma is baking a cake. She asks her grandson if he would like a snack, which of course he would.
“Here, have some cooking oil,” the grandmother says.
“Yuck,” says the boy.
“How about a couple of raw eggs?”
“Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?”
“Grandma, those things are all yucky!” the boy says.
The grandmother replies that all those things seem bad by themselves, but when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!
God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through bad or difficult times. But He knows that, when He puts everything together at the end of our lives, the result will be that we are closer to Him. In this way, it will all work together for our good.
Lord, so often it’s hard for us to understand why things happen the way they do. But we derive such comfort from knowing that everything that happens is in Your will for us. Thank You, Lord, for promising that You will work all things together for our good so that we might come closer to Your ultimate goal for us, which is to make us more like Your Son. In His name we pray, amen.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
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Was there a time in your life when you found it hard to see God’s hand at work in the midst of your circumstances?
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Nancy Parker Brummett first led a Bible study in an assisted living setting in 1999 and she and the Lord developed The Hope of Glory in the years that followed. She also journeyed with her mother and mother-in-law through their adventures in aging, and her academic interest in aging led her to receive the Professional Certificate of Gerontology from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
The author of four other books, she now focuses her writing and speaking ministries on her passion for older adults and those who care for them. To learn more about Nancy’s life and work or to subscribe to her blog on aging issues, Take My Hand Again, visit her website.