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[ecko_quote source=" Roman 8:28"]And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose [/ecko_quote]

Devotion

The only survivor of a shipwreck once washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon to call out for help, but no help was in sight. Exhausted! He eventually managed to build a tiny hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements and to store few of his possessions. Then one day, after gathering some food, he arrived home and found his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. “God, how could You do this to me! he cried.

However the next day, early in the morning, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. “How did you know I was here?” the weary man asked his rescuers. “We saw your smoke signal”, they replied.

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. But we should never lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, next time when your little hut is burning to the ground – it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

King David introduces us to a fundamental attribute of God. His complete sovereignty. In other words, He has full authority and control over all human beings and every aspect of the universe (Psalm 103:19-22).  “Luck” and “good fortune” have no place in discussions about God. To speak in terms of luck is to say there is no plan for our lives or the world at large. In that case, people would simply be victims of their circumstances – sometimes happy, but usually unfulfilled and always afraid of the future.

The Lord intends for us to live another way, confident of His absolute and loving control over every aspect of our existence. When we trust in the Father’s sovereignty, we understand two assurances. First, He is intimately and continuously involved in our daily life. No matter how bleak our situation may seem, the Lord never stops providing, protecting, and caring for every believer. He knows what we need for today and every one of our tomorrows.

Second, the Bible teaches that God will work out every circumstance for our benefit- without exception! As the situation becomes demanding, more painful, or seemingly impossible, our confidence may flag, but Romans 8:28 promises a divine purpose to each life event. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

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We are not “lucky” but blessed. As blessed children of a sovereign God, we can live confidently in the knowledge that He is in control. Trust Him to carry you through whatever trial stands in your way.

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