8th April 2020

God Works All Things for Our Good

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Romans 8:28 (NLT)

There is a story about a poor farmer who had a single horse on which he depended for everything. The horse pulled the plow, drew the wagon, and was the farmer’s only means of transportation. One day a bee stung the horse and in panic he runs off into the mountains. His neighbours in the village said, “We’re really sorry about your bad lack in losing your horse,” But the old farmer shrugged and said, “Bad luck, good luck – who’s to say?”

A week later his horse came back, accompanied by twelve wild horses from the hills and his neighbours said, “Congratulations on your good luck, this bonanza is out of the sky.” To which the old farmer once again shrugged and said, “Good luck, bad luck – who’s to say?”

The only son of the farmer decided to break in the wild horses, but he was thrown off and broke his leg. Again the neighbours said, “We’re so sorry to hear about the bad luck of your son getting hurt.” The old man shrugged and said “Bad luck, good luck – who’s to say?”

Two weeks later war broke out and the army came through drafting every able-bodied man under fifty. Because the son was injured, he did not have to go, and that saved his life, for everyone in the village who was drafted was killed in battle.

‘Good luck, bad luck – who’s to say’? Is this what life is about? A series of good fortune or bad breaks? Are we like Forrest Gump’s feather, blown about by the wind and who knows where it might land? Are our lives that random and out of control? Is life ultimately about ‘good luck, bad luck, who’s to say’? Not according to our header scripture. This is hard to believe when things are going badly and we are facing trials, but it’s important to understand that it’s not a statement of fate or; ‘bad luck, good luck, who’s to say’.

A well known example of God working what seemed very bad, for the good is found in Genesis 37 where his brothers threw Joseph in a pit and he was taken into slavery. In Genesis 50:20 Joseph says “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” What happened to Joseph was not ‘bad luck, good luck, who’s to say’? This was part of God’s divine plan.

The ultimate example of God working everything out for good is of course the cross! From the human perspective it’s the worse crime ever committed in human history, for man to actually kill God’s only begotten Son, and yet on the other hand, from the divine perspective it’s the most glorious and best thing that could have ever happened, because by that one death, the death of Jesus Christ the Son of God, all men, woman and children could have eternal life! Peter said in his first sermon in Acts 2 that although they crucified him, God already foreknew and determined its purpose. God had purposed it for good. That defining moment in human history was the day God gave his Son Jesus Christ, that “whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). That was not ‘good luck, bad luck, who’s to say’, but God’s divine plan to save mankind.

Eternal God, we give you grateful thanks for the sacrifice of your one and only begotten Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who gave His life to save mankind.

Study by Dennis Payne

About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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One Response to “8th April 2020”

  1. John Magowan on April 8th, 2020 10:41 am

    Brilliant story and well woven into a spiritual comparison of all things working together for good to those who love God. Also God willing to die for his creation. Thanks for sharing Dennis.

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