The sermon today was about my favorite verse, Romans 8:28. That's what this blog is named after. Romans 8:28 says- "And we know that all that all things work together for the good of those who love God, those who have been called according to His purpose."
A big part of this message was to learn how to suffer well. What does it mean to suffer well? It means to not pretend that everything is okay and to learn to say "God, I trust you." Even in the fire and trial.
An analogy my pastor used was a child learning how to ride a bike. You don't have to teach him how to ride downhill, he can just coast. But, he has to learn how to ride uphill... the same with trusting and praising God. It's easy to praise Him in the good times, we need to learn how to trust Him in the bad too.
You must remember that ALL THINGS pass by the sovereign hand of God. He's not surprised by anything. We may get into bad situations because of our own stupid mistakes, but that's not because of God. He just allows it. He looks at the situation and says "This is bad, but I can use it for your good."
Sometimes we look at good from our perspective. Good means- beneficial, profitable, or useful. God's ultimate good is not to make you happy, healthy and wealthy, although he loves to bless us. Because as much as God wants what is good for us we learn more in darkness than in light, gain more in sickness than in health, and pray more when we are afraid than when we are brave. Here is a dissected form of the verse-"And we know that all that all things work together for the good of those who love God, those who have been called according to His purpose."
It's comforting for me to know that God always has my good in mind. He loves us and has a plan for our lives... for your life.