Romans 8.28 God will use ALL things for good

How is God using whats happening for good – Romans 8.28
 
We all know this is a serious situation please take that as read.  

We have a responsibility to be salt and light in this seemingly dark time.  We must continue to pray for the lost, for the bereaved, for this to disappear, for a vaccine to be found and so much more.
But during this time let’s look at what is rising to the surface and how God is using this for good according to Romans 8.28, because the Bible He will use ALL things for good and 

1.    People are leaning more in to hear his voice, search His word and rely on His strength.

Psalm 46 says He is our “Ever present help in times of trouble” and we feel that this is trouble. He is always present in our lives, but sometimes it takes a time of “trouble” for us to realise his closeness.  

2.    More people realise their own helplessness and look to the Lord in a new way

New Christians, luke warm Christians, back slidden, away from God, undecided and even atheists are coming to know God as they realise they can do nothing and look to a bigger plan and the Almighty God.

3.    People are coming together in a way they haven’t before

Whilst we are separated by our physical location the wonder of the internet is opening doors as communities come together to help each other in any way they can.  Strangers buy food for neighbours they’ve never met, kindness and compassion rise to the surface and people experience love in a new way.

4.    You look at time in a New Way

Psalm 90:12 says "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom" 

Often in life we operate on auto pilot yet something like this can wake us up to make the most of our days and with so many self-isolating it pushes us to take responsibility to make sure we have rejoiced, learnt, grown.  Acts 2.42 tells us that they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, to prayer and to fellowship.  All these things are still possible.

5.    We slow down

The pace of life can be fast depending on where you live – now you live at home you get to choose the pace.   You are in a forced time of slow down and the Lord invites us, if we feel weary and heavy laden, in Matthew to “Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” 

6.    We realize God never changes

In a time when everything has changed seemingly in an instant we realize that God never changes. Hebrews 13.8 says He is the same yesterday, today and yes even tomorrow.  

At at time like this we need that more than ever.

 

23 Mar 2020

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