God Works In All Things

God Works In All Things

By Henry Nelson

 

 

 

John 12:24, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” Folks, during these past few weeks I have had more difficulty in trying to prepare these messages. Maybe God is trying to accomplish something in the life of someone reading this message. and He caused this message to be prepared just for you. If so, I pray that He will bless and use this message to His glory this week.One of my favorite verses of Scripture is Romans 8:28, where the apostle Paul writes, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Amen!That is a wonderful verse of Scripture, but I think that sometimes we do not really understand what it is saying. Some people seem to think that it is telling us that God has promised those who love Him that everything that will happen to them will be good, but that is not true. That is not what God is promising at all. {{more}}It is true sometimes tragic things happen, even in the lives of those who seek to walk closest to Him. Bad things do happen to good people. And that is just where this passage of scripture comes in to give a message of encouragement and hope to assure us “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” And the very next verse tells us what His purpose is. It says, “For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son.” Amen!Do you understand what that means? It means that God is working through everything that happens in the lives of those who love Him to help us become more like Jesus and no matter what the problem or heartache may be, if we love Him, and if we let Him, even the problems we face in life can be a glorious part of this process.For example, let us look at some blessings that come into your lives through your problems and you will see how God has used problems in the past to bring about great blessings, it will help you in the problems you face today.Did you know that God uses problems to direct and shape us? The difficult things you experience in life, big and small, are not random freak accidents or streaks of bad luck. They are allowed and at times even orchestrated by God to direct us to shape us into the image of Jesus. Picture a large rock in the middle of a barren field. Sitting there by itself, it is ordinary, overlooked, and without much use, but in the hands of a master sculptor, it can become a masterpiece. Your life is a lot like that rock. Even though you cannot see it right now, God has been busy creating something breathtaking in you.   The problem is that you cannot see what He is doing while it is happening. All you see are the chips flying. The chisel’s blow is not evidence that God has left us or is angry with us, but rather that God is right in front of us eyeing our progress, smoothing the rough edges, patiently bringing the image of Jesus out in us. The Bible says in James1: 2-4, “Count it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature, complete and not lacking anything.’ Amen!”   What we are talking about are “Trials of many kinds.” specifically events allowed or orchestrated by God. That is what God uses to shape us into the image of Jesus. In fact, James says, those things “complete” us.Secondly, God can also use problems to correct us. Sometimes you may be stuck in a rut and God uses problems to change our direction in life. It is not that we are doing anything wrong it is just that we need a new direction. However there are other times when you are definitely wrong. You have strayed into sin, and you need God’s correction, His discipline, in order to have your fellowship restored with Him. So God will use some problem in our life to stimulate us to think about the sin that we have fallen into and to correct your behavior.One of the most familiar parables in the Bible is “The parable of the prodigal son.” Who “set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.Luke 15:11-20 says, “When he came to his senses, he said, ’How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father.” Now it just does not get any worse for a Jew than to end up feeding pigs. The pigs were better off than he was, for it says that he longed just to be able to eat the food that was being given to the pigs. Finally, the problems got to be too much for him, and he began to correct his attitude and his actions. He admitted his sins, repented of them, and turned his steps toward home once again.By the way, do you realize that when you deliberately stray from what you know is right, God has promised to correct us? Hebrews 12:5, 6 says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those He loves.” Amen!God knows how devastating sin can be and when you yield He has promised to correct us. So when you are having problem after problem, maybe you need to ask yourselves and God if there is some area of your life that God is trying to correct. Not all problems are allowed for the purpose of correcting us but some are. Finally, sometimes God uses problems to protect us and we can see that illustrated in the life of Joseph in the Old Testament. Some of you know his story? Joseph was obviously his father’s favorite son. As a result of this favoritism, his brothers were filled with hatred and bitterness towards him. Then one day their hatred boiled over and they sold him as a slave to a caravan. It all happened so quickly. One moment he was the favorite son, getting anything he wanted. The next, he was in chains and being sold into slavery. Life could not seem to be any worse for Joseph, but God had a purpose and a plan for his life. He was watching over him, protecting him, even though Joseph did not realize it then. The story of Joseph’s life is a remarkable one. Only the miraculous hand of God could have accomplished it, taking him out of slavery and making him a ruler in Egypt, second only in power to Pharaoh himself. Years later, during the time of severe famine, Joseph saw his brothers once again when they came to Egypt to beg for the privilege of buying food. And, of course, you know that at first they had no idea that this Egyptian ruler standing before them was Joseph. But finally, Joseph revealed himself to them. When that happened his brothers were petrified with fear and begged Joseph not to kill them. Joseph knew how much his brothers had hated him, but he also saw the hand of God working in his own life and how God had protected him through it all. So listen to what Joseph said to his brothers in Genesis 45:4-8, “Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” Amen!The lesson here is you must learn to trust God even when problems come. He will direct and shape us, correct us, and protect us, for He has promised to work out all things for the good of those who love Him. Now you know why God works in all things. Amen!