"The Family Secret"
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. -
Anyone who has been raised in a family environment has his or her own share of family secrets. Did you know that those of us who have been born into God’s family also have a family secret? There is something that we know that those who are not part of God’s forever family do not know.
The Family Secret is Confidential..."And WE know....
Note carefully this plural pronoun we. Yes, we know. This verse is not intended to be understood by the world. To the lost person, these words are folly and even foolishness. They cannot be understood. Why? Because this is our family secret: “We know!”
The Family Secret is Constructive..."things work together for good."
This is one of the most comforting thoughts in all of Scripture: things that happen in life have a way of working together for our good. They are constructive. As we each look back over our Christian experience, how many events that we may have thought at the time were disastrous actually, in the end, worked out for good.
The Family Secret is Comprehensive..."ALL THINGS work together for good"
When I meditate on these words, I am prone to ask myself, “Can I really believe this?” Had the apostle Paul said "some things" or "many things" or even "most things" it would be a bit more palatable. But "all things"? All things may include unfair things. This was certainly true for Joseph who was sold into slavery and later falsely accused of a crime that landed him in an Egyptian prison. All things may include difficult things. This was certainly true of Paul who was shipwrecked at Malta, stoned at Lystra and left for dead, and beaten and berated across the years of his missionary journeys. He knew well, from firsthand experience, what the Holy Spirit led him to write when he penned these words of our family secret.
The Family Secret is Conditional..."to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose"
An unofficial poll taken of Sunday-morning church attendees asked them to quote Romans 8:28. The majority of them left off the first phrase "And we know." They simply began with the phrase "all things work together for good." But, interestingly, they also left off the last phrase that states, "to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."
Our family secret is conditional. It is not a blanket, unconditional promise for everyone. It is for those who "love God."
Love is something we do. In the Bible, it is always equated with action. Jesus said,
"If you love Me, keep My commandments" (John 14:15).
Today's Inspiration is from:
The Joshua Code by O.S. Hawkins.
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