Problem or Purpose?
In the Word
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again … (Psalm 71:20a).
Of the Word
“Rain, rain go away,” the nursery rhyme begins. Rain can spoil a summer picnic, a baseball game, or a leisurely walk. But rain also has a purpose. It waters crops, keeps lawns beautiful, and fills lakes and rivers.
Do troubles have a purpose? They can weigh us down and wear us out. They can make us lose focus on the One who created us. That is certainly not God’s plan. The Apostle Paul, like the psalmist, had troubles, many and bitter, but he was inspired to write: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
When surrounded by trouble and frustrations mount, the Adversary uses our doubt to make us ask, “Do I still love God? Do I have any faith at all?” The Holy Spirit hears our cries and assures us that the faith He planted in our hearts is still there. God has not left us alone in our frustrations. He continually works in us, working for the good of those who love him. That is His promise and He will do it.
Walking with my Lord
Dear Lord, when my life seems to be filled with the stormy clouds of trouble remind me that You are working all things for my good. Forgive my weakness and show me the sunshine of Your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Comfort from the Psalms. Authors: Marcia Gomulka & Myrna Lou Meyer. 15/30 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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