Time with God - Nov. 10, 2010

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Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

God is using every circumstance in your life to shape you and use you for His purpose!

It can be hard for us to accept this idea of God using "all things" in this way. We know that God uses His word to renew our minds and transform us. We can accept that God uses our fellowship with other believers in this way, and that His blessings in our lives assure us of His loving care for us. But "all things"?

Yes!

It does not mean that God is pleased with all things. God grieves when you bear the brunt of someone else's sin. He is angry when a drunk driver slams into the car of someone you love. He knows from His own experience on the cross what that physical and emotional pain you are experiencing is like, and He groans with you.

But God sits on His throne above all these things, and He overrules even the most evil purpose and uses even those fallen, evil or senseless things to accomplish His good purpose in your life. That means that you can embrace any circumstance you find yourself in (good or bad) as God's opportunity for you to grow and to minister in His name to others. 

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