Sunday, April 8, 2018

Romans 8:28 -- On Heroes and Happy Endings

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose."
Romans 8:28

This is a great scripture that helps us understand that everything is basically on our side when we are on the same page with God.  We sometimes misinterpret this to mean that bad things won't happen, but that's inaccurate.  Nephi was doing the right things, but he still got tied up and beaten, still broke his bow and his family was still on the brink of starvation... still had to flee from Jerusalem and live in the wilderness.  Joseph was highly favored of the Lord, but his brothers still sold him into slavery and he still was accused of a crime he didn't commit and was thrown into prison.  In both these cases, and in many, many others throughout the scriptures, all of these bad things led to something good in the end.  Even the bad things worked together to help not only them, but their families, and you could argue changed the entire world.

So it is with us.  Sticking with God isn't going to stop bad things from happening, or mean that we always understand the purpose of the things that are happening around us.  But it does mean that we can trust God that there IS a purpose... that everything that happens is leading us to something good in the end.  Today, let's trust in God's plan, and stay faithful even in the bad times, knowing that God is in control and will lead us to our happy ending, if we just stick with him through the good and bad chapters, and keep working to become the heroes that we were meant to be. :)

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