Unlimited: You Can Thank God Even in Dark Days
Dec 18, 2016 1072
All things work together for good to them that love God (Romans 8:28).
Do not think that your voice must be raised in lament instead of praise because you have suffered repeated afflictions! If you have Christ as your Saviour, you know the secret of human suffering, for at the Cross you understand that the Lord of love, far from punishing His children in His wrath, only corrects them in His mercy. What seems a crushing blow may, in reality, through Jesus, prove a marvelous, uplifting power.
The other day I read of a shipwrecked man who managed to reach an uninhabited island. There, to protect himself against the elements and to safeguard the few possessions he had salvaged, he painstakingly built a little hut….
Returning one evening after a search for food, he was terrified to find the hut completely enveloped in flames. What a crushing disaster that seemed! …Early on the following morning he awoke to find a ship anchored off the island. The captain stepped ashore and explained, “We saw your smoke signal and came.” Everything the marooned man owned had to be destroyed before he could be rescued.
Some of you have likewise had to face the complete loss of your pride, your overconfident self-reliance before you could be saved, and realize this glorious comfort, “All things work together for good to them that love God.” – Walter A. Maier
Eli’s Reflection: What are the things that you have lost in your life that you regret the most? Are you prepared to say with the Apostle Paul, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ (Philippians 3:8)? How do those words challenge you?