Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Light in the Darkness

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.

Romans 8:28

I have had this verse memorized since I was a small child. I think that sometimes, I forget how much meaning is packed in that verse. Sometimes, when we face a difficult time in our lives, it is so hard to believe that anything good could possibly come out of it. In this verse, God tells us otherwise. God uses everything--good or bad--to work together for good for His children.

How easy is it to get mad at God when something goes wrong? Sometimes I have to step back and remember that God doesn't owe me anything. I am a wretched sinner saved only by the grace of my God and by the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross that He didn't have to do. No one was entitled to that, but God loves us so much He did it anyway.

No matter what storm you are walking through, God can bring good from it. Not only can He, but He promises in this verse that He will for those who love Him.

Sometimes it takes awhile for us to see the good coming from the bad. It isn't always instant.

This verse has meant so much to me the past few days because I have seen it happen. Within hours of beginning a journey through the most difficult struggle of my life, God followed through on this promise over and over again.

The moment I received the news that my son had gone to be with the Lord, I immediately questioned this. For what seemed like the longest three minutes of my life I begged God to give me my son back because there was no way this was right--there was no way this could be a good thing. Then I heard that song "Bring the Rain" that reminded me that life will bring us pain, but sometimes that's what it takes for God to be glorified.

So many times this past week I have read the story of Abraham and Isaac. I am amazed at Abraham's faith. If God had come to me and asked me for my son, I would be lying if I said I would have told him anything other than "no"--in fact I probably would have said No Way. When I read this story, it makes me think of the song "Live Like That" by Sidewalk Prophets. It says:


Sometimes I think

What will people say of me
When I'm only just a memory
When I'm home where my soul belongs

Was I love

When no one else would show up
Was I Jesus to the least of those
Was my worship more than just a song

I want to live like that

And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am

Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that

I want to live like that

Am I proof

That You are who you say You are
That grace can really change a heart
Do I live like Your love is true

People pass

And even if they don't know my name
Is there evidence that I've been changed
When they see me, do they see You

I want to live like that

And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am

Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that

I want to live like that


I want to show the world the love You gave for me

I'm longing for the world to know the glory of the King

I want to live like that

And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am

Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that

I want to live like that


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