April 3, 2018 – Tuesday
Romans 8:17(b)-18 [ESV] we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Romans 8:28 [ESV] And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
A friend’s husband was diagnosed with a terrible disease and, eventually, he was unable to work. She had trouble coping with having to take care of him and provide for her children. Her sense of well-being crumbled as darkness and suffering closed in from every angle. Yet my friend turned her situation over to God. Caring for her husband, she also went back to school. She eventually got a job where she could provide for her family.
Scripture tells you and me that suffering is part of life. Still, we must remember, horrendous events actually have a divine purpose – a lesson working for good.
In my life, and I bet in your life too, there are challenging times when God teaches about faith in Him. It’s hard to understand that He works all things together and something positive – a lesson working for good – comes out of suffering.
At your place of work and in your life, know things may be may be unbearable. Trauma may occur with you or a coworker. Encourage one another by remembering our God is faithful to those who love Him. Pray with and for each other knowing He is there every moment and at every turn.
Your entire life is a lesson working for good – so that you may be glorified with Him. And He will not forget His faithful. Never.
Lord, You are good and everything You do is good. Send forth Your Holy Spirit to remind me of Your goodness when all around me seems like darkness. Thank You for being more than I can imagine and remaining with me each and every day. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Brooke Neale, MPA
Donor Relations and Program Development for Childbirth
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA