Prayer: Gracious God, let your Word fill my heart with your peace and hope, in Christ. Amen.
28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God…
Our devotion writer didn’t plan it, but the timing was perfect, as was her blood type and she donated a kidney to her nephew. It was a perfect match and the transplant was a success. Our devotion writer was still single at the time, and married a little later in life. Things worked out “perfectly.”
Consider many of the things we encounter in life. Often the timing of good things in our lives are perfect. Even those which didn’t seem to be perfect at the time. Consider also, that good things we didn’t ever think possible, occasionally come to be. Consider God’s timing.
Our devotion writer explains; “Our loving Father does indeed work all things together for good…As God says, ‘I know the plans I have for you…plans for your welfare and not for harm’ (Jeremiah 29:11).”
Prayer: “Gracious God, thank you for all the ways your loving hand has guided me in the past. I trust you with my future, through Christ Jesus. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
God’s Love in Christ Jesus
31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.