And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
A Pastor once said, “This verse is a soft pillow for a tired heart.” All things…. good or bad; sweet or bitter; victory or defeat; happy or sad; health or sickness; prosperity or poverty; calm or storm; comfort or suffering; life or death…… all things work together for good. This doesn’t mean that all that happens to us is good. Evil is prevalent in our world, but God can turn any bad situation around for our good and for His sovereign purpose in our lives. Praise the Lord!
The Psalmist says, “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain”-Psalm 127:1. In other words, whatever we do without God’s intervention is futile.
For instance, all the events of the life of Joseph prepared him for prime minister’s position which he finally got. Joseph told his brothers “But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. God made me ruler in Egypt- Genesis 45:5 Joseph had his eyes on the Lord through all his ordeals. This was the key to his survival mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. That Divine intervention resulting to uplifting Joseph, is available for you that is reading this message in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Avoid the poison of bitterness, wait to observe how the Lord take up your adversary. (Hebrews 12:15)
In Esther 6:2- And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. Of all the years of the history of Persia, the secretary picks the section that records Mordecai’s deed of saving the king. What a coincidence? No! it is not! God was working behind the scenes. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. God was working in Mordecai’s life and in the life of the king.
Beloved, God is never before His time, and is never behind. God’s timing is perfect. The king could have called for a musician which was a common practice. but, he called the secretary of the Persian chronicles. The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord (Proverbs 21:1). The king wants to know if the man who once saved his life, gotten any compensation? He doesn’t want to know what money, or estate, but what honor! The reply of the secretary is “Nothing!” This was an oversight, the king admitted. Mordecai was divinely positioned for a divine favor.
The timing was not right at the time of the incident for Mordecai to have been honored. If Mordecai was honored five years earlier, the events of this day may not come to life. God’s delays are not God’s denials. He has his own time to divinely involve. Psalm 31:15 says My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. Beloved, It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes- Psalm 118:8, 9. So be of good courage, He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, wait on the LORD! Psalm 27:14
Welcome to the month of November 2017, the month of God’s Divine Involvement, for God is working behind the scene for your good.
Yours in the Lord,
Pastor (Dr.) Lillian Haastrup