September 1, 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.

Lets continue on with the two words ‘God causes’ and lets see how he works in the everyday lives of people to cause things to work together for good. God said that it wasn’t good for man to be alone so he caused something to happen for good.

Genesis 2:21–22 (NLT) — 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.

Read the story of Joseph and you will see God causing everything to work out for good not only for Joseph, but also the Egyptians, Josephs family and everyone else who was suffering from the famine.

Genesis 39:23 (NLT) — 23 …The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.

When Israel left Egypt look what the Lord caused the Egyptians to do.

Exodus 12:36 (NLT) — 36 The Lord caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!

Joshua needed more daylight to defeat his enemies.

Joshua 10:12–13 (NLT) — 12 On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said, “Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.” 13 So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies. Is this event not recorded in The Book of Jashar? The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day.

Samson was dying of thirst.

Judges 15:18–19 (NLT) — 18 Samson was now very thirsty, and he cried out to the Lord, “You have accomplished this great victory by the strength of your servant. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of these pagans?” 19 So God caused water to gush out of a hollow in the ground at Lehi, and Samson was revived as he drank. Then he named that place “The Spring of the One Who Cried Out,” and it is still in Lehi to this day.

King Jehoshaphat was terrified about the huge army of enemies that were coming to attack him.

2 Chronicles 20:22–24 (NLT) — 22 At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. 23 The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other. 24 So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.

The people of Nineveh needed to repent of their sins and turn to the living God so God caused a storm to eventually get Jonah to Nineveh so he could preach repentance.

Jonah 1:7 (NLT) — 7 Then the crew cast lots to see which of them had offended the gods and caused the terrible storm. When they did this, the lots identified Jonah as the culprit.

He caused the heathen King of Assyria, the Assyrians had defeated Israel taken them captive and destroyed their temple, to allow Israel to rebuild their temple.

Ezra 6:22 (NLT) — 22 Then they celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days. There was great joy throughout the land because the Lord had caused the king of Assyria to be favorable to them, so that he helped them to rebuild the Temple of God, the God of Israel.

There are hundreds of examples in the Bible of God causing things to work together for good. And that is why Paul said in our memory verse, “We know.” Search the scriptures and read for yourself the many times ‘God caused’ things to work together for Good. Read the Story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50. Read the story of the Israelites in Exodus. Read the story of David in 1&2 Samuel.

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, blowing it or even failing and then thinking that God can’t work it out for good. He can. He does. He will. Nobody in the Bible was perfect and God came through.

Romans 8:31–37 (NLT) — 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

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