Day Seven:  The Promise to Work All Things for Good

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”    Romans 8:28

I was devastated.

My dream of becoming a physical therapist was slipping away.

What is wrong with me?  Why can’t I get into physical therapy school?  My grades were good and I met all the other criteria for what the schools required.  But for some reason the two schools I had applied to, for two years in a row, had rejected me.

My dream since high school had been to be a physical therapist.  That was what I wanted to do.  That was why I went to the college I did.  I wanted nothing else in my life but to become a physical therapist.

But here I sat, soaking in the reality that my dream was not going to happen.  What good can come from having my dreams dashed?  What am I going to do now, Lord?

Twenty years later, I can look back and see the good that came out of that devastating moment for my 21-year old self.  God called me into the ministry.  He sent me to further my training at Duke Divinity School.  For the past sixteen years I have served Him in the local church in children and youth ministries.  Over the past three years, He has given me a new calling to write, which I am doing through my blog and also I have written a book!  (I never thought I would say those words…ever).  He has opened up doors of opportunity to speak and share with others about Jesus.  So much good came from that upsetting time in my life.

I wish I could have known that good would come from that moment.  At the time, I could not.  I was stuck in the the devastation of a dream.  I did not want to be optimistic and hopeful.  I wanted what I wanted, but God had much better things in store for me.

Are you in a place right now where you are hurting?  A place where you are sad?  A place where you are questioning why something has happened in your life?

Maybe your dreams are not coming true.  Maybe you have lost someone that you loved.  Maybe you have lost a job.  Maybe your finances are in bad shape. Maybe your children have done something that you cannot believe they would ever do.  Maybe you are dealing with a sickness.  Maybe work is really tough and your boss is not very understanding.  Maybe your life is just one big hot mess.

No matter what situation you are in, I want you to grasp hold of this promise.  I want to encourage you with this promise from God that “He will work all things for good”.

Believe it.

Memorize it.

Hang it on your fridge.

Repeat it over and over.

Pray it.

Do whatever you need to do to understand that God’s promise for you is to work all things for good.  We know there is evil in the world, and there always will be.  But God promises to take that evil and turn it into good.

To believe it, all you need to do is read God’s Word.  You will find true story after true story where God has taken devastation and turned it into blessing.  From the Israelites, to David, to Paul, and most importantly, to Jesus.  Good came from all of these stories. And good will come from your story, too.

God promises good for us…we just need to believe it and stand firmly on His promise to us.

Prayer:  Almighty God, you know the situation of our lives now.  It’s hard to see what good can come out of the bad in our lives.  But God we are choosing to stand on your promise that you work all things for good.  We choose to believe that no matter what kind of craziness life throws at us, You have the power to turn it into good.  Hear our prayers, Lord.  Amen.
Journal
  1. Can you look back on a time in your life and see the good that God brought to you from a bad situation?  Write out a prayer of thanks to God for bringing good to you.

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