Romans 8:27-31 – And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? (NIV)
No doubt there have been times when we, or people we have known, have observed events that have made us angry at God. It could be abuse, torture, the loss of a loved one through a horrific death, or the death of masses of people through starvation, war, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, or tsunamis.
Many blame God for such events, and question why a loving God would allow such things to happen. As a result, they become separated from Him, wanting only to break away from anything religious.
So many times when we hear of such things, we wonder why God has permitted them to happen. But then, as today's Scripture tells us, "we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
Right now, it might seem hard for us when we can't see any good in what we have been through, but did you ever wonder why you have come to this page today?
Could it be to gain the knowledge that God first calls us to listen? While He may seem to be pushing us down, it may be only to get a firmer grip upon us, so that He might lift us up. Or was it to review these experiences so that this suffering might be used as a teaching tool now or further on in life?
Though we might not think this way at the present time, God is loving, kind, wise, and good in what He allows to happen, in order to develop a more Christ-like character in us: "to be conformed to the likeness of his Son".
Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for "if God is for us (and He is!) who can be against us?"
Prayer: Most loving God, we come before You this day praying for those who have hardened hearts and are angry with You. Please change their hearts, that they might be softened towards You, and see You as wise and loving, kind and good. In Jesus' precious name, we pray. Amen.