I love Christian author Max Lucado. When I first began to really dig deep into the Bible, his study guides put things into a perspective I could truly grasp and understand. I frequently use passages from those guides in my Sunday school class to help explain Bible passages to my high school students, and I signed up to receive emails every Friday called "Upwords with Max Lucado" that include great messages which help me start the day with the right frame of mind.
Today's email contained my favorite verse, Romans 8:28, so I felt it would be fitting to share it with you. After reading, if you want to learn more about Max Lucado or sign up for the weekly emails, visit http://www.maxlucado.com/.
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.
We know…There are so many things we do not know. We do not know if the economy will dip or if our team will win. We do not know what our spouse is thinking or how our kids will turn out. We don’t even know “what we ought to pray” (Rom. 8:26). But according to Paul, we can be absolutely certain about four things. We know…
1. God works. He is busy behind the scenes, above the fray, within the fury. He hasn’t checked out or moved on. He is ceaseless and tireless. He never stops working.
2. God works for the good. Not for our comfort or pleasure or entertainment, but for our ultimate good. Since he is the ultimate good, would we expect anything less?
3. God works for the good of those who love him. Behold the benefit of loving God! Make his story your story, and your story takes on a happy ending. Guaranteed. Being the author of our salvation, he writes a salvation theme into our biography.
4. God works in all things. Panta, in Greek. Like “panoramic” or “panacea” or “pandemic.”All-inclusive. God works, not through a few things or through the good things, best things, or easy things. But in “all things” God works.
Puppet in the hands of fortune or fate? Not you. You are in the hands of a living, loving God. Random collection of disconnected short stories? Far from it. Your life is a crafted narrative written by a good God, who is working toward your supreme good.
From God’s Story, Your Story
Copyright (Zondervan, 2011) Max Lucado
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