Tag: Circumstances

God causes all things to work together for good

Grace Gems Whiteby Thomas Moor

“Counsels and Thoughts for the Spiritual Life of Believers” 1882

“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!” Romans 8:28

“According to His purpose”–for He had purposed before the world was who His called ones would be, and also purposed that all things would work for their good. The doings of His grace in time, are ever the result of the purposes of His grace before the foundation of the world! Romans 8:30

Those who are CALLED according to His purpose.

These are called to know themselves as guilty before God and deserving of eternal condemnation. These are called to know the all-sufficiency of Christ to save. These are called to trust in His sin-atoning death as their only hope of salvation. These are called out of the world. They no longer revel in the world’s gaieties, or are swayed by its corrupt principles. These are called to be followers of the despised Lord Jesus, treading in His footsteps. This is the calling which distinguishes those who love God, and for whose good God causes all things to work together.

Yes, “God causes all things to work together for good . . . ” It is not said that they work singly or alone, but in relationship to one another–they “work together.” One little thing which we cannot at all understand, or see the reason of–the Lord sees is necessary to make several other things properly work for our good. Without that one very unpleasant thing–all the rest would not be for our benefit.

We are too apt to look at things singly, and therefore our mind often becomes perplexed. A single thread is not of much importance in itself–but if left out in the weaving, the pattern in the loom would be rendered imperfect.

These “all things” are so many shuttles running to and fro, weaving the web of goodness and blessing for the children of God. The hand that throws the shuttles is the hand of Jesus. In the web which He weaves, no thread will be found misplaced, when the weaving is over.

Therefore let us leave all things in the hands of Jesus, who has the whole plan of the life of each believer always before Him, and who in His infinite wisdom causes all things to work together for good to them, so as to produce the best results and accomplish all His purposes of love.

Let us trust Him at all times, even when . . . our expectations of earthly things are disappointed, or when our plans are frustrated, or when darkness surrounds our path, or when trials and affliction are our portion.

Be assured that when we have attained a keener vision and a fuller understanding than our pilgrim state affords us–we shall see that God caused all things to perfectly work together for good to those who love Him, to those who are called according to His purpose! We will then testify to the wisdom, power, and love of Him who does all things well!

by Thomas Moor

Whatever and where ever!

George Whittenby George Whitten

Ruth 1:16-17 But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”

When Ruth pledged her allegiance to Naomi and to the God of Israel, it wasn’t based on, “What ifs?” or circumstances. It was a faith rooted in her devotion to Naomi and God even to the point of death!

So often, I’ve received emails from people wondering why? “Why this?” or “Why that?” But honestly, “His ways are higher than my ways and His thoughts are higher than my thoughts” — and I don’t have easy answers for much of the horrendous stuff that happens to us! But what I do know is our faith is not based on “if this” circumstance was changed then I could serve — or “if this” problem didn’t exist then my life would be so much easier!

We tend to look at our circumstances, our problems, our status, our situations — however the faith we’re called to have is a “whatever and where ever” faith!

Let’s stop looking at the “what ifs” and “why that” and start looking to the “Who” of your life! The “who” of your life should be Yeshua (Jesus) — and when He is the “Who” of your life — then the rest of your life is “whatever and where ever” for your good and His glory!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten