Devotional for Tuesday May 7th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “You Gotta Keep Dancing”

 

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: “Keep it in perspective”

 

Not all things are good. No, some things are bad, sometimes very bad. So as we read a verse like Romans 8:28 we need to look carefully at what it does say, and also at what it does not say. It does not say that all things are good. It does say that in some manner God works all things out for the ultimate good of those who love him and who are called according to his purpose. That’s different.

 

Earlier in life I had a friend by the name of Bob. He was a talented and promising young athlete who seemed to have a bright future. But then he suffered an injury on the football field which left him as a quadriplegic for the rest of his life. From that point forward Bob would need someone to dress him, prepare his food, empty his human waste bag, and with almost every other basic daily task. It was a devastating and life-changing accident.

 

But Bob was a strong Christian and he knew that God was with him in the middle of those awful circumstances. God did not cause the accident, but He was at work behind the scenes bringing good things out of it. So Bob determined that rather than focusing on how bad things were, he would instead look for evidence of God at work in the middle of those bad circumstances.

 

Over time he learned how to operate a motorized wheelchair, and he learned how to drive a specially equipped van. He eventually went to college and earned a Masters degree in family counseling, and then he spent the rest of his life counseling families and helping to restore relationships. He also wrote songs, sang in the choir at church, and taught Sunday school. His life ended up being a great inspiration to others who were faced with serious challenges. Through it all Bob gave the glory to God and he just kept going.

 

I don’t know what your big challenge in life is, but I do know that if you are a Christian then God is at work behind the scenes to bring good things out of your bad situation. A big part of my friend Bob’s success, and the victory he had over his circumstances, was his perspective that God was at work in the middle of it all. So Bob looked right past his circumstances and found God at work. You can do that too in the middle of your own difficult situations today.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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