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Expect the Best: God is at work

 

 

“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 NIV)

 

Do you ever find yourself asking, “why is life so hard?” Frustration is the result of living in a world that is broken by sin. You can't avoid suffering. There will be pain. There will be days of doubt. And that's exactly the time you should expect the best from God, and declare in faith “that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:20 NIV).

 

No matter how bad the situation may seem, the Bible says we can be sure God is still in control and that God is working things out for your good. If you want to expect the best from God, remember these four truths:

 

• The Holy Spirit is praying for you. “The Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain” (Romans 8:26 NCV).


• God uses everything for your good. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28). God is bigger than your enemies. He's bigger than your critics. He's bigger than your problems. And he's working it all for good in your life.

 

• God wants you to succeed. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:28 NLT). God wants you to succeed in all those areas where you're failing. He's pulling for you.


• God will give you what you need. “Since Go did not spare even His Own Son but gave Him up for us all, won't God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?” (Romans 8:32 NT). God solved your biggest problem when He paid for all your sins, including the sins you haven't done yet. If God cared enough to save you and give you the gift of eternal life, don't you think He cares about the problems in your daily life? If it's big enough to worry about, it's big enough to pray about. And if you pray about it, you won't have to worry about it.

 

 

What did you hear?

What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

What do you think?

How does it apply to your life? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

What will you do?
Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Now talk to God
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 

 

 

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