2/8/2012

Our “Byte” for this week was written by Pastor Jon Bergemann who serves our brothers and sisters in Christ at Trinity Lutheran Church (WELS) in Woodbridge, Virginia.  His message comforted my heart and so I thought I would pass it on to you all!  Enjoy!

Devotion:  (Romans 8:28)  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his good purpose.

There are a number of things in life that I believe will work, but don’t know how they work.

I believe that when I press a button on my remote control, my television will turn on.  But I don’t really understand all the technology that goes into a television and remote control.  I believe that when I press certain buttons on my cell phone that a call will be made.  But I don’t really understand the intricacies of cell phone technology.   I believe that when I stick the key into the ignition of my car and turn it, it will start (at least most of the time).  But I don’t really understand all of the details of every system in my car.   And all of that is just fine with me.

And so, when I read Romans 8:28, I am confronted with yet another thing in life that I believe will work, but don’t always know how it works.  This is what the Bible says:  “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Did you notice that it did not say “we know how in all things God works for the good of those who love him.”   In other words, we might not know or see or understand how God is using the pains, persecutions, problems, tragedies, and trials that we face in life for our good.  We might not understand how suffering, sickness, death, depression, divorce, or disaster will be used by God for our ultimate blessing.  But we can believe that God will make all things work for our good, because God actually does know how to do everything.

He knew how to live for you, die in your place, rise from the dead, create faith in your heart and forgive you.  He knows how to hear and answer each of your prayers for your good.  He knows how to get your room ready in heaven.  And he knows how to make everything you face on earth turn out for your good.  Believe it, because he loves you.

In the loving hands of our loving God, just like you,

Pastor Schumann

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