Read Through Romans – Day 17

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I have to confess that I don’t understand God’s plans sometimes.  I wonder if you feel the same way.  The Bible clearly tells us that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts, and it can be hard to wrap our minds around His plans for us, especially when those plans include suffering and pain.  Our “why” questions can tempt us to doubt God.  In the midst of our circumstances, we have a choice… to run to God, or to run away from God.  Do we trust Him, even when His plans don’t make sense to us?  Proverbs 3:5 NLT convicts me:  Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Look at the Amplified version of Proverbs 3:5:

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

How often am I tempted to doubt God just because I don’t understand?  You too?  Today’s Romans reading reveals more about God’s character.  Ask God to give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation so you can know Him better as you study Romans 9:14-33.

Here’s some questions for you to consider:

 And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.

God is the same today as He was in the Bible.  He still causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  Maybe you need a modern example of God working pain and suffering for good…

Kristen Sauder was a woman who loved the Lord, her husband and her family.  She had a thriving ministry and was a bright light for Jesus.  About a year ago, Kristen was diagnosed with cancer.  And while many prayers were offered for her healing, Kristen lost her battle with cancer at the age of 45.  In this vulnerable blog post by Kristen’s husband, Kurt, we get a glimpse of the Sauder family asking why.  We see Kurt running to God.  And we witness God working all things together for the good of those who love Him.  I love how God chose to bless the Sauder family with a peek under the tent of His plans for Kristen’s ministry – even after she is living in heaven with her Heavenly Father.

You see, we don’t see the big picture that God sees.  We see the present, God sees the future.  We see chaos, God sees the masterpiece.  Take a moment to listen to Already There by Casting Crowns and rest in the truth that this song offers:  Your Heavenly Father is already there.  The ending is not a mystery to Him.  He is at work.  Will you choose to trust Him today?

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