"The Protection of God's Plan" - Friday, September 16th

"The Protection of God's Plan" - Friday, September 16th

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

There is nothing wrong with wanting good things to happen and not wanting bad things to happen. There is nothing wrong with praying for good things and against bad things. The problem comes when this emphasis overshadows us and makes us unable to be in tune with God’s work of bringing good out of the bad. As a Hospice Chaplain I am involved with dying patients on a daily basis. They are in the middle of the bad. The bad is not going to go away for them. Typically, when a patient gets to the point of qualifying for hospice, all curative means have been exhausted or set aside. Comfort becomes the central focus so that the terminally ill patient has the best quality of life possible for the time they have left. I wonder if there is an approach for life here that we need to adapt and adopt for our lives. The work of God in our lives is always much more about comfort than cure.

Today’s Scripture reminds us that for those who are his, “God causes all things to work together for good.” Clear and simple, we are being told here that God is at work bring good out of the bad. There is good that God brings about in our lives that would not take place apart from presence of the bad in our lives. This is why James says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” This passage shows us the good that God works to bring out of the bad.

If God’s priority were always to cure the bad, we would miss out on a very great good - our lives being transformed through trials. We can be glad that God majors in our “spiritual welfare.” By God not majoring in curing the bad, we become more and more complete as our faith grows, our relationship with God develops, and our endurance increases. And all the while, as God withholds the cure for the bad and brings this great good out of the bad, he amazingly and wonderfully comforts us in all our afflictions. This is God’s plan for us, plain and simple, and always, always, always, gives us the best quality of life possible. Have you joined the ranks of those who can truly say, “we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose?” Are you experiencing the protection of God’s plan in your heart and life as fully and completely as possible?

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, thank you for your plan. You know how hard it is for me not to have too much of a “curative” agenda. Help me to cooperate more fully with the good you are seeking to work out in my life through the bad. Thank you for sticking with your agenda even with all my tantrum like reactions to the bad in my life. Help me to trust you more and to value more the amazing work of transformation you are accomplishing in my life. Amen!

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