Sunday, July 24, 2011

Love God and All is Well

We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose.

This is one of those classic verses often quoted and often misunderstood, by me at least.  It was very tempting for me as a new Christian to read this verse as saying only good things will happen for me, now I am called by Christ.  As bad things continued to happen in my life I began to realise this is not what is being promised.  Scripture in fact promises the opposite; "Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;" 2 Corinthians 6:4. 

I tend now to focus on the "those who love Him" part of the verse.  There is a great promise here, but it my take until the next life before I see it realised.  This puts an eternal perspective on things, which is a good discipline for me.  What is happening now, today, I may not have control over but it is not the final say on things.  I just need to keep loving God, which I do have control over.  It's all quite simple really.  Just keep loving God and all will be well... in the end.

Lord Jesus, You know how I get over-whelmed by the here-and-now.  Help me instead Lord to keep focused on You, on Your love for me and my love for You.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

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