August 15, 2022     8:01 am
341. Week of Twenty First Sunday after Trinity - Thursday
All things work together for good to them that love God.
          And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.   Romans 8:28
          "I will do this or that "- in this way you tend to speak and to plan in your mind. Well said. In matters pertaining to this life you, to a certain extent, have a free will. And yet, God, who rules all things, also governs your doing according to His counsel thought of beforehand. "O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walks to direct his steps." (Jer. 10:23) "What a strange coincidence!" some one may say when something occurs in a strikingly unexpected way, something fortunate or unfortunate. But, my dear Christian, nothing is accidental. What might seem more accidental than the falling of a hair from off the head? "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered," numbered by God. (Matt. 10:30) The almighty and wonderful God guides all things, by His counsel, the greatest as well as the smallest, with absolute surety of purpose, as with a million reins. What a misfortune you say weepingly when something grievous befalls you. But there is no misfortune for the children of God. Children of God receive all things, all things - do you hear? - from the gracious hand of God. Hence nothing can be a misfortune. Everything must be a blessing. "As for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it to good." said Joseph. (Gen. 50:20) "No trouble troubles me, and night is bright as day." Thus we sing, and rightly so. In short, all things must work together for good to them that love God, to the children of God, within whom the love to God, is kindled through faith. All, yes, all things must work together for good to them; what they do of their own proposing, what they might call accidental, what seems to them a misfortune, indeed, even the sins they have committed, must work together for good to penitent children of God. Oh, be a child of God, love God, walk in His ways, trust His power and grace, and know that all things must work together for good to you. For good? Yes, especially toward the end that you abide in the faith and be saved.
          PRAYER: - Oh, then, my God and Father, let me be Your dear child and firmly and steadfastly believe what You say, that all things must work together for my good in time and eternity. Give to me Your Holy Spirit, my Father, that I may greatly rejoice in such certainty, never caring, never doubting, never troubling my mind, but, being Your child, always hoping for Your wondrous grace through Jesus Christ. Amen

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