For good

Romans 8:26-29 (NASB) 26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 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. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

 

Have you ever looked at the back of a cross-stitched piece of work? If you were to only look at the back then you might say that the artist had no idea what in the world they were doing. It looks like random pieces of threads that is mangled together to resemble absolutely nothing. We may be tempted to look at our lives in the same manner. What does everything mean as it unfolds within my life? We walk through very troubled waters whether it is physically, emotionally, relationally, financially, and spiritually. What in the world is God doing in our life? What is He attempting to accomplish through the turmoil or blessings? If we could have things our way then we would be healthy, happy, and financially comfortable; however, our vision is often shortsighted as we only see the present. What is God’s ultimate desire in my life? Does He even care about my level of comfort? Doesn’t He want me to be happy? I wonder if we would be satisfied if God gave us everything that we ever wanted or desired if those things led us to a self-centered, egotistical lifestyle that was void of God or the desire for Him. What if the blessings actually led us to be eternally separated from God? Paul is attempting to instruct us in that we can only see the backside of the piece of cross-stitch. God’s desire is not for our level of comfort but how much the other side resembles Jesus (v29). God is working and moving so that the world will see a transformed life that is a beaming example of what God’s grace, mercy, love, and transforming power can do if we allow Him to work. God is moving. God is working. His Spirit is interceding because all things are working together to fulfill God’s plan in our lives. Can you see Jesus in your life? Keep focusing on the Master and allow Him to accomplish His deep work in your heart so that the world will not see the mangled backside but a beautiful picture of Jesus.

 

Blessings,

Marcus Riggs

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