God at Work
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
It is hard to tell someone in terrible pain that “all things work out for good” — and really, things work out for the best when we love God. Someone who has just lost a spouse or a child, someone with a terrible, painful, crippling and/or incurable disease, someone who is clinically depressed. Emotions are powerful.
These ordeals are given to us and they test our faith to the utmost. Even a strong believer may be tempted to slip into the world by severe pain, to be angry at God. But we must hold on, for the darkest tunnel ends in light. And the truth is, the more faith we have grown into, the less pain we feel at such trials.
When we are tried, we must first remind ourselves that trials are always temporary; they may cling to our bodies and minds for the rest of our time on earth, but Christ has promised to remove this pain when He comes again, to take us to live with Him. Furthermore, standing firm for God in difficult situations leads to a great reward; James call this “the crown of life”. (James 1:12)
And if we hold firm and persevere, we grow closer to God as we can never do when life is all roses and moonbeams. We mature and grow. A pearl will not grow in an oyster, unless a sharp stone gets inside its shell.
God is not at work in some things. God is not at work in most things. God is at work in all things.
Heavenly Father, I know I will suffer in this life. Let me always bring my pain to you, in full confidence that you are at work and will bring me a great reward for my suffering. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer