“ALL THINGS?”

Darrell and Paula CrawfordBY: DARRELL CRAWFORD

E-MAIL ADDRESS:  dlcrawford1@yahoo.com

BIBLE TEXT:  Romans 8:28:  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.

John 16:7:   But very truly I tell you, it is “for your good” that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

PERSONAL REFLECTIONIt ALL works out for your good. All things work out for good! The key is to surrender what you want the answer to be! If you’re not getting what you want, it all works out for your good. Moses not going into the Promised Land was for his own good. Not getting what you want has a reason. It is for your own good. God works it out for your good and His purpose. Yet we forget. At least I do. I forget that my present troubles are for my own good.

So 400 years of slavery was for their good? Yep. When they walked out of Egypt, they walked out with all the gold of Egypt. God showed Himself to be real and the people of Egypt paid them to leave! God worked it out for their good. And how did God’s people respond? “We have to make brick without straw?” “Moses, you’re not helping us.” “You brought us out into this desert to die!”

ALL THINGS?

In job loss? Yes.
In death of loved ones? Yes.
In divorce? Yes.
In sickness? Yes.
In pain? Yes.
In loss? Yes.
In rejection? Yes.
In your poverty? Yes.
In discipline? Yes.
In my mistakes? Yes.
In my ignorance? Yes.
In my weaknesses? Fo’ sho’!
No pain lasts forever.

Can’t understand “why” you’re going through this season? “Why” questions are flesh questions and in my experience, God does not answer flesh questions. God is Spirit, He only answers Spirit questions, so ask Him spiritual questions, unselfish questions. It’s for YOUR good.

PERSONAL APPLICATIONALL THINGS, all things, ALL things, work together for those who love him and are called according to His purpose. I get it…again! Do you?

PRAYEROh God, I surrender! I surrender my spirit, my desires, my wills, my wants, my answers, my stuff, my reputation, my selfishness, my family, my friends. I surrender all. It’s yours. For the sake of what Jesus did on the cross and Your Voice, I give my ALL THINGS back to You! Make Your Name Famous through me. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

I am just a guy fumbling my way through life. Blessed to be married to my wife, Paula, for 30 years. Father to three of the most incredible women on earth and Paw Paw to two amazing grandsons. He speaks to me in “root words.” Small snip-it’s that I share occasionally with you guys here. I teach what I learn about Him on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary during Sunday School. I work hard, play hard, and love adventure. I share my life journey with some incredible people.

Grace and Peace to you. “I would that you prosper AND be in good health!

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