"All Things… This Thing"
We rejoice that "all things work together for good to them that love God" (Romans 8:28). But does this thing, that is, the current challenge(s) we face fit into the promised assurance of our Heavenly Father's coordination of everything in our lives? It does.
"This thing is from Me" (I Kings 12:24).
Our difficulties arrived at our doorstep as determined or allowed by God, and as measured to not overwhelm us beyond our Christ-enabled capacity to walk in faith and faithfulness. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (I Corinthians 10:13). The general truth of "all things" must become in our hearts and minds the specific truth of "this thing." Our Father's promise of pointed involvement in our lives beckons us to the faith that sees not only the forest, as it were, but also the individual leaves on the trees.
The problem we presently face, or the need, difficulty, loss, perplexity, heartache, or even heartbreak, does not escape the purview of our Father's "all things/this thing" working for His glory and our good. The issue therefore involves our response to the fact of His working. We must make a choice to believe the Truth that regardless of appearance, emotion, and limited understanding, "this thing" flows with the current of God's promised assurance regarding "all things." We must visit (and revisit as necessary) the throne of God's grace to specifically trust Him that the current distress comes to us at the very least by God's allowance, and at the most, by His determination. "I will trust in Thee" we affirm, in response to our blessed Lord's "I will be" and "I will do" in all things - and in this thing (Psalm 56:3; Exodus 6:7; 34:10).
"In this shalt thou know that I am the Lord."
Weekly Memory Verse
God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father.