Scripture Reading: Romans 8:28
Our reference today says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Beloved, this passage of scripture greatly encourages children of God to endure suffering in this life. The passage assures believers that God will bring good out of all afflictions, trials, persecutions and sufferings. For the scripture says, “Those whom God had already chosen He also set apart to become like His son . . . .” (Rom. 8:29). Dear child of God, no experience, good or bad is wasted; if it is wisely used. God uses our experiences in life to teach and prepare us for the glorious life He plans for us in the future. For He says, “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.” (Jer. 29:11). Beloved, whatever the life challenge is, now, be assured that God is perfectly aware of it; allows it to happen because he has a glorious plan for you. Hear this: God is able to use what you are going through now to develop you into the person He intends you to be. God knew the plans he had for Moses and allowed him to be brought up as an adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He had to prepare him to understand his enemies, learn the Egyptian language and war tactics. If he (Moses) was to succeed in the mission the Lord was sending him, he needed also to learn a few personal lessons. This was why God took him to the desert for another forty years to tend sheep. Moses was over qualified for this kind of job but God allowed him to go through that path so as to humble him.
During this period, God taught Moses how to live with pains and difficulties. Of the sons of Jesse, God allowed David to be sent to the field as a shepherd boy; because of the plan He had for him. It was to prepare him as the liberator of his people from the torment of Goliath, and as a famous king of Israel. In the course of his life as a shepherd boy, he had very many bitter experiences; all preparing him for his glorious days. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, suffered greatly inPotiphar’s house and in prison. God employed all that, to prepare him for his kingly role in the future. No wonder he said to his brothers, “Now brothers be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves because you sold me here. It was really God who sent me ahead of you to save peoples’ lives.” (Genesis 45:5)
Beloved in Christ, the Spirit of God says to you today, God’s plans are in whatever you go through daily. If you carefully look into it, with wisdom, you would sense God’s finger of love and deliverance. It is important to note that this action of God is limited to all those who love God and have submitted to Him, through faith in Christ, (Isaiah 56:4 – 7) and that all things do not include sin and negligence. We have no excuse for sin. Dear child of God, rest your anxieties fears and challenges in the saving hands of God, trusting in his love to turn everything to your good.
- Take a worship song as you are led.
- Take this declaration seriously: “Father, I praise You because You have clothed me in garments of salvation, and covered me with Your robe of righteousness. You have comforted me from my mourning and given me the oil of joy and a garment of praise instead of despair. My soul delights in Your providence and love for me O Lord.”
- Pray for all your relatives and friends going through serious life challenges.
- Pray for healing for all sick members of the Daily Strength
- Pray for conversion for all who seek remedy in the house of evil men instead of in God.
- Pray for all the oppressed widows and orphans that God may turn their situations of misery to joy.
Exercise: Share today’s reflection with someone else.
Memory Verse: Gen. 45:15.