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All Things for Good

Updated: 3 days ago

I have been doing a LOT these past few days that I have often THOUGHT about doing, even planned to do, but never did.  It's one of those "that's too much work", "I don't know how", etc.  You know what I'm saying, right?


(I hope I'm not the only one cursed with a life of good intentions left undone...)


Here's the deal.  I have now figured out to upload a youtube video.  I am ACTUALLY writing a daily devotional thought.  The problems with the soundboard...fixed.  All of these things I have planned to do.  All of these things I made excuses for not doing.


Excuse 1- "I don't know how."   Pshaw.  It took me one text and 15 minutes to figure out how to do the video.

Excuse 2- "It will take too much time."  Again, just stop, Doug!  It takes no time at all and it's done.  All of it.


When everyone points to how this "crisis" is going to change everything, you tell them, "Yes, it is.  It already has, and it will continue to do so.  But these changes are not all bad."


You see, Romans 8:28 tells us, "And we know that in ALL [my emphasis] things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."  "ALL things" includes good and bad.  That's important to remember.  There are many who will tell you how terrible everything is and will be, but if I remember that God is ALWAYS at work behind the scenes (and sometimes right in front of me) then I can rest assured that this too can be used by him for good.


In 2 Kings 6 the prophet Elisha is in a city surrounded by an overwhelming army.  His servant looks at him in a panic, "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?"  Elisha calmly answered, "Don't be afraid.  Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."  Then Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes so he may see."  And God opened the servants eyes and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire... the army of the Lord.


How do you see God working in your life and those around you?  Pray and ask God to open your eyes to see the good He is doing.


Trusting in my Lord and Savior,

Doug