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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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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. Note that God is not working to make us happy but to fulfill his purpose. Note also that this promise is not for everybody. It can be claimed only by those who love God and are called by him, that is, those whom the Holy Spirit convinces to receive Christ. Such people have a new perspective, a new mind-set. They trust in God, not in worldly treasures; their security is in heaven, not on earth. Their faith in God does not waver in pain and persecution because they know God is with them. (NLT)
Romans 8:28 – 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.
John 16:22-24 – [Jesus said] “You have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy. At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. The truth is, you can go directly to the Father and ask him, and he will grant your request because you use my name. You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.”
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. –Romans 8:28 (NRSV)
Arnaldo K. Ingo’s (Luanda, Angola) story is titled “MIRACLES HAPPEN;” here is a portion of Arnaldo’s story:
“My six-year-old son, Sabalo, had been diagnosed with a tumor. After many medical examinations, including two biopsies, we learned that the tumor was growing and could not be successfully radiated.
“Five years after the diagnosis, Sabalo’s difficulties with mobility had increased. His spine showed a severe deviation. He could not sit down comfortably and spent most of his time lying in bed. Going to school was a major effort. When Sabalo woke up sick, he said to me, ‘I do not want to grow up with malformations.’ Still we trusted in God, and we did not lose faith.
“We experienced a miracle in June 2006. The director of the oncology center transferred Sabalo to a surgeon who empathized with our son’s suffering, had compassion on him, and assumed the risks of performing an operation to remove the mass. The operation was successful and cost us nothing. In a world in which love for neighbors sometimes seems hard to find, this doctor’s compassion renewed my faith that ‘all things work together for good for those who love God.’”
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for leading us in he way of compassion. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/