OK so bit of a recurring theme but yet again this verse has come to me:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
This came also with a verse from Romans 8:28
“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”
This has made me reflect on the past and how ALL things work together for good, so even things I perhaps feel were harsh or difficult to deal with were being used by God to shape me. Maybe I don’t yet realise what God’s purpose for me is or how these experiences will help me but I trust in him that he will use these to define my future and how I can serve him.
IN ALL THINGS
In ALL things God works for good, your experiences define you, your past moulds you.
In ALL things God has been with you, he’s seen you through the bad and good, he’s understood your trials and battles, understands what you can handle, never gives you too much to bear, always there to answer prayer.
In ALL things God loves you, he’s called you personally to serve, preserved you through your darkest hour, chosen you to receive his power, showers you daily with his blessings, supports you as you are progressing.
In ALL things God has his plans, he knows your future and your purpose, he rejoices in your accumulation of experiences, knowledge and skills to be used to carry out his will.
In ALL things God works for good, try not to question or refuse to serve as he would have you, hold your nerve, and listen closely as he tells you the plans he has in store for you.
Embrace your past with full acceptance, you wouldn’t be you without this experience, trust that all that has gone before was preparation for all the wonders God has in store, trust that as a loving Father, he is author of your history, your past, present and future service, you are called according to his purpose.