Romans 8: 28 “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 cannot fully see the mind of God, His ways are not our ways. I really hope that my singular focus in recent posts on hope through grief is not becoming redundant in your minds, as it is a theme we should all be prepared to examine.
So much happens in our lives which we are unprepared for, or at least find unwelcome. Be these political and social unrest, climate change, personal financial trials, or bereavement – they bite hard. But despite these “kicks in the teeth,” God remains in control of the bigger picture, and the Apostle Paul has provided us with a great insight. “All things,” not just the pleasant ones, “work together for good,” for those who cast their devotion and trust on God.
My wife, Dianne, focused heavily on this truth as she faced her last days. She knew she was ill, and that her abilities were limited by that illness. Despite that, she saw the plight of her situation as an opportunity to make others stronger. She encouraged, prayed, and above all set an example of faith. We can only wait to see the harvest of the seeds she sowed.
Now I am in the position of a grieving widower. I love her (and always will), but I love the Lord as well. It is that point that strengthens me. My loss and bereavement is in the hands of Him who guides me. It will work together for good. It is in that hope that I write this series of reflections on Dianne’s Bible study notes. But, I also hold to the conviction that though I may not see it as of yet, that great things will come of the present situation.
Where are you in your life? What situations do you face that you can cast upon God? They may seem insurmountable right now, but they will not break you if you hold on in faith.
Sometimes things pound you – or sting
Some hit you from the side blind
But even in these – we promise have
That in it – goodness we’ll find