What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be
against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how
will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Thought... We know God paid a high price
to redeem and forgive us in Jesus. If he has gone to such great lengths to
purchase our pardon, what will he refuse us that is good, right and holy? So if
God answers our prayers "No!", then it is for our good and the eternal well
being of those for whom we've prayed. His intent is to bless, not wound. His
desire is to redeem. His commitment is to work things out for our ultimate good
(cf. Rom. 8:28) as he is transforming us to be more like his beloved Son (Rom.
Prayer... Dear Father, I confess that I am sometimes impatient and
disappointed when my prayers do not seem to get the response I desire. Please
calm and quiet my doubting heart. Please remind my spirit of your rich grace.
Bring your comfort and assurance through the ministry of your Holy Spirit to my
human spirit. I do believe that you want to bring me your blessing and grace, so
while I may not always understand the bad things that happen in my life, I do
trust that you are at work to make them all turn for my good and your glory. In
Jesus' name. Amen.
verseoftheday.com August 3, 2005
So if I'm stuck where I'm at, it's for my own good.
A week ago the verse of the day was the one that goes "Father take this cup from me. But not my own will, but Yours". Who knows? Maybe I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be.
Maybe I'm supposed to be getting ulcers and insomnia.