Sermon for Saturday

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

A few years after the apostle Paul penned today’s text, he was in prison in Rome. He was unable to preach the Gospel, or visit Christians, or attend meetings of the Assembly. His visitors were limited, his treatment was no doubt rough, his comforts were very few. And yet, even in the dirty, cold Roman dungeon, he could write that his being placed in prison had ‘fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the Gospel’ Philippians 1:12 He could speak of the prison and palace guards being aware of his bonds, and why he was there. He could also speak of how his imprisonment had given other brethren encouragement to preach the Gospel boldly. Souls were being saved because, even though Paul himself could not preach, others were preaching. Paul could be thrilled about his imprisonment because it meant that more precious souls were going to be saved. How much would you or I endure to know that a sinner would be saved or that a saint would be helped?

Sometimes it’s hard for us to actually believe and accept today’s text. When our bodies are in pain, when our hearts are breaking, when our resources are depleted, when our friends disappear, when discouragement and disappointment occupy our full range of vision, we wonder if all this is God’s will and purpose. We wonder why we have to endure these things. We fret that we are being unfairly targeted. We fail to see what God sees, that these things are only temporary, and that they are part of His perfect plan.

Remember when we are suffering pain, that we are not going to feel pain in eternity. Remember when we are feeling disappointed or lonely, that these are foreign to Heaven. Remember when we are unable to see anything but darkness that there is no night in our eternal home.

Lift up your heart, child of God. Your Heavenly Father is doing everything for your good, and He will make it all plain very soon. – Jim MacIntosh

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