Sunday, December 27, 2015

It’s all good: Relaxing in God’s loving intentions

Originally posted June 25, 2009;
reposted here with minor edits.


For many years my mantra has been, “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.” This is what Paul wrote in Romans 8:28.

Every time I’m in a perplexing or annoying or tough situation, I try to let this verse play over and over in my head and parse through it.

  • I know I love God, even if imperfectly.
     
  • I know He has called me; this has been affirmed countless times.
     
  • I know He has a purpose for me, even if I’m not always clear on what that is.
     
So, whatever is happening to or around me, my all-knowing, all-loving, always perfect God intends it for my ultimate good. This is true even when I can’t see it.

Regardless of what I’ve been experiencing, as I let this one truth soak into my soul, there is less and less stress and anxiety.

Long ago I came to the awareness that nothing touches my life that doesn’t first pass through my heavenly Father’s hands, and that He will never let anything touch me that I can’t handle.

So, whatever touches me is all good. Eventually.

Knowing this, and experiencing it more and more, allows me to relax. I can walk calmly through whatever is thrown onto my life’s path and He will make sure it doesn’t destroy me.

And if it does?

As Paul writes a little later in Romans, “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord” (Romans 14:8).

It’s all good, either way.


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Do you believe God cares about you? Why or why not? What Bible verse helps you when you are experiencing challenges? How do you sense God’s presence? Do you believe that . in Christ, it’s all good -- eventually? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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