Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”
Our Bible verse for today: “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Trust God in the hard times.”
Sometimes the tone that needs to change is our pessimistic, negative way of talking about the events of life. The things we say reveal what’s in our heart. That’s especially true in unguarded moments, and even more so in times of stress and pain and disappointment. That’s why it’s not uncommon to hear a person who is dealing with a difficult situation complaining and being excessively negative. Sometimes they even get mad at God.
Romans 8:28 is a very revealing verse which helps us to keep our life-situations in their proper perspective. There Paul says that all things (even the bad ones) ultimately work together for the good of those who love God. This means that God is at work behind the scenes of our lives bringing good things out of bad things. Paul did not mean that all things are good, because obviously not all things are good. But he did mean that God reaches into the middle of bad situations to bring good out of it for those who belong to Him. That’s true for you with respect to whatever you’re dealing with right now.
In his book “Disappointment with God” author Philip Yancey writes that when we’re dealing with all the pain, heartache, and difficulties life throws at us, when we’re tempted to get angry with God and we’re wondering why He’s allowing these things to happen, we must be careful not to confuse God with life. God is perfectly fair, but life is not. We live in a broken and bleeding world that is filled with sin and sickness, tragedy and unfairness. None of that was God’s desire or design, and it all grieves Him as much as it does us. But God and life are not the same things. Bad things happen to good people simply as a result of living in a broken world. That’s life. But a good and loving God is at work behind the scenes of life, in the midst of the pain and tragedy, bringing good things out of bad things for those who belong to Him.
Think about that. Dwell on it. Let it sink deep into your mind and heart. Whatever it is you are going through, God is there, at work behind the scenes, orchestrating some good thing to come out of it.
How we think about things will ultimately determine what we say and how we act. Ask God to change your perspective about the hardships of life and about His ongoing activities to help you in the midst of it all. When you change the way you think about it, you will change the way you talk about it.