August 31, 2017

Romans 8:28 (NLT) — 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

We all go through times when our faith needs a boost. Sometimes it needs a big boost! That is the time to pull out this verse from you memory bank and repeat it back to yourself slowly. The tendency at times is to say this verse too fast or read it without really looking at the words and then it doesn’t give us the faith boost that we need. It is like when we eat food quickly that we really don’t savor the taste and although it may have filled our stomach our taste buds really weren’t satisfied. And what was supposed to make us feel good ended up giving us indigestion.

As we chew on this verse we don’t want to get spiritual indigestion we want to satisfy the hunger of our faith and bring rest to our lives.

So when we read slowly we come to two words that if we stop and really think about them they will give our faith the boost the it needs. They will put a smile on our face. They will bring satisfaction to our whole being; body soul and spirit. The two words are ‘God causes’. Stop and think about that. This is our Father God who existed before anything was created. He is eternal; he has neither a beginning or and end. He is self-sufficient and needs nothing more than himself to exist or act. Our Father God is not dependent on anyone or anything for his existence. So when he created the heavens and the earth it means he had already formulated a plan for our existence and that plan was good.

So before we were ever born God was causing everything to work out for our good! This is what he does. He causes good. He is an expert at it. Before he brought us to his earth, which by the way was formless, empty and dark, he prepared it with everything good that we would need.

Genesis 1:1–26 (NLT) — 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day. 6 Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” 7 And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. 8 God called the space “sky.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day. 9 Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. 10 God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened. 12 The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day. 14 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. 15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. 16 God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day. 20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day. 24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. 25 God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

Notice how many times it says, “And God saw that it was good.” Not only was it good but it was good for us. Before he brought us on the scene God was working causing everything to work together for our good. He even created us in his good image. In light of this I don’t think that there is anything in our lives that God can’t work together for our good. Do you?

Genesis 1:31 (NLT) — 31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.

I am hoping that this satisfied your faith today.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. It sure did. I missed reading your blog this morning because I had a different sort of day. I needed to know that God was causing good today before my chaos even started! This is a perfect night cap for a restful evening. Thank you:)