A short devotional on Romans 8:28-30. Want to talk? Send am email to [email protected]
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Friday, February 19, 2021.
Well, we are in Romans 8 again today. It's such a good chapter I couldn't miss some of this stuff.
Life seems so random sometimes. The things that happen to us. The garbage we have to go through. It is tempting to think everything happens by chance.
But the text today reminds us that's not true. We do live in a world where people make choices. God gives us free will. This freedom is foundational to who He is. You can't have love without freedom.
So it can feel we are destined to be affected by the choices of others. That's because others have free choice too, and their choices affect us, and it seems we just have to live with what others do.
But that's not completely true. Our text today explains that God acts sort of like a filter. He let's some things through. But He also blocks other things. He allow tough times to come if they are good for us and help us grow. But other things that would do no good in our lives, those things He protects us from.
And the most awesome paradox of them all is often God will take what the devil or others meant to hurt us, and turn it into a beautiful thing that actually helps us.
Romans 8:28-30 says:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
There are some Christians that would argue with me on this, but I believe we are all predestined to be Sons and Daughters of God. But we choose whether we fulfill our destiny.
But if we have chosen to be God, and live on His side, the things that come at us will turn out for our good.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose.
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow