I have the privilege of reading an advance copy of a new book written by one of my former pastors. While, at the moment, I am not at the liberty to share specifics, I can’t wait until I can. It is so good, so timely, and so relatable.
However, this morning I did read something that I wanted to share. It is a great reminder in the midst of these chaotic times we are living in, to trust and rest in God. It is so easy when things get tough to begin to question God. Do You hear me? Do You care about me? Are You really there? But, God’s silence is not indicative of His presence (or lack thereof), nor is the reality that bad things happen proof that He is just a figment of our imaginations.
The quote I read was this, “He [God] doesn’t cause all, but he does cause all to work together for redemptive purposes.” (Re: Romans 8:28)
While our perspectives are limited to our current reality and past experiences, our Omni-Present God sees it all: past, present and future. Imagine how bleak the future looked for the Israelites just before God parted the waters of the Red Sea. Consider what must have been going through Daniel’s mind as he was about to be dropped into the lion’s den. Take a moment to put yourself in the shoes of Joseph while he was on his way to Egypt destined – as far as he knew – for a life of slavery. But, the same God who parted the waters, closed the lion’s mouths, and led Joseph to become second in command in all of Egypt is the same God who is actively involved in our lives today.
Certainly, there are times when things don’t work out so well in the natural for Christ-followers. And yet these truths are no less real: God is ever-present, He is working all things for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes, and His peace transcends circumstance.
I am thankful for God’s promise of redemption, not just personally, but that He has promised to redeem the whole of creation! I pray that you will hold tight to His promises, and in spite of your current circumstances the reality of His presence will bring you comfort, peace, and rest.