Today’s Scripture: We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
With regards to Romans 8:28, radio teacher, J. Vernon McGee said, “All things – good and bad; bright and dark; sweet and bitter; easy and hard; happy and sad; prosperity and poverty; health and sickness; calm and storm; comfort and suffering; life and death.”
This verse also points out that working out all things for good is done for those who “love God.” Love is essential. He loves us. His love should inspire love in return.
John the Apostle explains it like this: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation [seat of mercy] for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. … And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:10–11, 16)
To handle pain and suffering, we simply need to love God and trust that He wants the best for us.
John also says, We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19) What will bring about brightness to your daily outlook is an honest love for God.
I really believe one day we will be able to echo Job’s words, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him….” (Job 13:15)
As we look with amazement at the beautiful tapestry of our lives, we will share Joseph’s sentiments, “God meant it unto good….” (Genesis 50:20)
Resting our tired heads on the pillow of Romans 8:28 will give us a whole new outlook on life.
It will be like the woman who viewed the scene of a horrific earthquake with a smile. When asked how she could smile in the wake of such destruction, she replied, “I rejoice that I have a God Who can shake the world!”
She was not happy about losing her home, but she could still rejoice in God’s power because she could rest her head on the pillow of God’s caring love.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.