And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Satan intends your suffering for evil; God intends it for good. Satan attempts to destroy your faith, while God invites you to draw upon his sovereign grace to sustain you. Whose purpose in your suffering will prevail? If we truly recognize God’s sovereignty even over Satan’s work—not just by saying the words, but by believing the truth—it doesn’t merely alter our perspective; it transforms it.
In 2 Corinthians 12:7, we see Satan had one purpose for Paul’s suffering, and God had another. Paul recognized that God used the thorn in his flesh he calls “a messenger of Satan” to conform his character to Christ’s (2 Corinthians 12:8). If God can utilize for good “a messenger of Satan,” then surely a car accident, a stolen iPod, a fight with your friend or your employer’s unreasonable expectations can be tools in God’s hand as well.
Two sides to every coin. Hope or despair
Perhaps the LORD will see my affliction and repay me with good for the cursing I receive today."
When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and glorified the word of the Lord, and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.
For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable.
God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD.” — Jeremiah 17:7
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” — Romans 15:13
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people…” — Ephesians 1:18
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” — 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” — Hebrews 10:23
Adulthood involves layers of loss.
Whether this is loss of our dreams and grief over the roads we did not take, loss of partners, parents, friends, money, direction, loss of some abilities in our bodies, loss becomes a more frequent companion for many of us in adulthood.
It can wear us out, hurt our hearts, force us to reinvent and pick up the pieces of our lives. Loss is inevitable and it can feel so hard. If you’re dealing with this, know that you’re not alone.
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. Job 14:1
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:11
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” — Revelation 21:4
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