11 Oct All Things
Lots of things happen in life, right?
Great things, Good things. Hard things. Sad things. Puzzling things. Crazy things.
Brother warrior, do you realize that God is working in all things?
God promises that he is involved in your warrior-life to:
1) Make all things work for your good
2) Provide all things that you need
3) Give victory in all things in which he calls you to battle
Let’s listen to what the inspired Word of God has to say. These great promises are all found in one book of the bible, and in one chapter—the book of Romans, chapter 8.
1. God is actively working all things in your life into a plan for your good
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who are being called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
If in your past you have heard his call, responded in faith and have been born again, and if you are now continuing to respond to his ongoing call, then God is working in your warrior-life to make ALL THINGS work for your good.
Lots of “things” happen in life. Some are good, pleasant and wonderful, some are neutral, and some are just plain difficult, tough and painful. God is so wise and loving that he can take ALL of them—the good, the neutral, and the bad and—and turn all of them into a good result. Yes, he can, and yes, he will!
So, brother, as you live life, and as things happen—whatever they may be—remember his promise, and know that you never need fall into despair, discouragement or anger. Why? Because God is not limited to working only in the “good” things—he is more powerful and wise than that! He can work to turn anything, even evil events, into a good final outcome. God is able to take whatever happens—even what Satan does—and turn it for your good. And hey, brothers, when we do have “good” things come our way, let’s be sure to give praise to God, because “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” (James 1:17).
2. God is actively working to give you all things you need in life.
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
The argument here is from “greater to lesser.”
If, while we were sinners, God loved us enough to give Jesus as the sacrifice for our sin, now that we have responded to his love and are seeking to be his warriors, will he not give us whatever else we genuinely need in life? Yes, absolutely he will!
Why would God go to all the trouble and pain to see his Son crucified to save us, and then, once we responded to that gift, not make sure to take care of for the rest of our days? Can you see the logic in Paul’s argument? It is flawless! If God cares enough to give you his Son to forgive you, then he cares enough to get you all the way through life and safely into heaven!
So what things do you need from God right now?
– financial relief?
– help with your marriage?
– solutions for conflicts at work?
– wisdom in raising your kids?
Brother warrior, be assured of this: God knows what you need, and he will take care of you!
3. God will act to make you victorious in all things
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)
Read this verse in context and you will see the many conflicts Paul cites that confront us all. These battles are the very reasons we are called to be God’s warriors! In all of them, God is working on our behalf. He will strengthen us. He will deliver us. He will empower us. He will give us the strength to endure, and to emerge victorious.
Yes, we will stumble and suffer some defeats—only Jesus himself never lost a single battle! But, by his mercy, we can recover, get back up and march back into combat, knowing that the keynote of our life is victory and not defeat. Our loving God does not define our lives by our losses, but by his grace and the victories he gives us.
So brother warrior, know that whatever battles you have before you, God is with you, and will give ultimate victory!
So what is our takeaway?
These three promises tell us that we need to look at life with a joyously expectant and positive attitude, no matter what has come our way in the past, is in our way right now, or will come our way in our future.
Brothers, let’s claim these “all things” promises! Let’s confidently and joyfully stay in the battle, knowing that our loving God…
• Is working all things for our good
• Will give us all things we need
• Will make us “more than conquerors” in all things we face
Here’s to exciting things in our futures!
– Sam Laing