I’ve been meditating on Romans 8:28 for a while now. It’s amazing how comforting and encouraging Scripture can be during challenges (And God says, “Duh!”). When you begin a project like planting a church it is filled with ups and downs. There are things that amaze you with their encouragement and there are times when you really question whether you’re in God’s will. That’s where Romans 8:28 comes in for me.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”
There is much in this passage and I won’t get into it all here, but the fact reinforced in my brain as I’ve read through it time and again is God’s sovereignty. He is in charge. I know this is a “Duh!” concept, but when you internalize it there is a radical change in the way you see your experiences. Losing a job? Broken relationship? Called to leave your comfort zone? God is using it for good. Disabled? Being disrespected or treated unfairly? God is using it for His ultimate good. Could it be possible to celebrate these challenges knowing that God is at work?
We may never know in this lifetime just how God is using these “bad” things for “good.” Sometimes He shows us and other times He doesn’t. But isn’t it easier to deal with life’s pain and struggles when we can know that God is using these things for good? Praise God for His sovereignty and faithfulness.
Praise God for the success of two great events. One involved Christian Liberty Academy (Arlington Heights) and the other was a celebration of Pastor Colin Smith’s Unlocking the Bible ministry. I was blessed to be a part of them.
We have 12 committed adults on board to help us launch this church. There are 7 more seriously contemplating it. Please pray that God continues to bring people to us who are burdened for reaching this community.
I’ve been asked by a couple of people to begin a daily devotional email. I’m starting to think that may be from God since several people who don’t know each other have brought it up. Please pray for clarity as to whether that’s something I should get into. If I start a ministry like that I want it to be executed well and I’m not sure the time will be possible given everything that goes into planting a church.