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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, May 20, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
God works in “everything”—not just isolated incidents—for our good. This does not mean that all that happens to us is good. Evil is prevalent in our fallen world, but God is able to turn every circumstance around for our long-range good.
God’s ultimate goal for us is to make us like Christ. As we become more and more like him, we discover our true selves, the persons we were created to be. How can we become like Christ? By reading and heeding the Word, by studying his life on earth through the Gospels, by spending time in prayer, by being filled with his Spirit, and by doing his work in the world. (NLT)
Romans 8:28-31 – And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory.
What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Paul E. Vander Wege (Iowa) titled his story “TRUSTING GOD;” here is Paul’s story:
“I once worked as a department manager in a grocery store and became frustrated with my job I felt that I was not receiving meaningful recognition for my work. As a result of this experience, I thought God might have been testing my faith to see if I would stand firm. Or maybe God was building my faith to help me be stronger or removing something that would limit my growth in the future or even harm me.
“At times it is difficult to understand what God is doing in our lives. We may ask, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ On the other hand, we can say, ‘I don’t know why this is happening, but I know I can trust God to give me what is best.’ This is what I chose to do.
“Now as I look back and think about how my life has turned out, I see God’s hand in the situation and realize that God has been with me and guided me throughout my life.
“Such experiences are not pleasant, but God can use them to build our faith and make us stronger. Although we may not understand what God is doing in our lives, God is always faithful and wants what is best for us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God always wants what is best for me.
Prayer: Faithful God, build our faith and our trust in you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE SEEKING A NEW JOB
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