READ : Romans 8:28-39
Americans are basically optimistic. We believe in dreams coming true and “happy endings.” Historians tell us that this comes from our “pioneer spirit” and the vision of our “American dream” for a better world. Rallying cries like, “Go west, young man!” spoke of a new and bright future for anyone who wanted it. Even today that optimism refuses to die. We want to think that things will get better for us. How many times haven’t you heard people say to someone who has had a misfortune, “It’ll all work out”? Certainly the person saying those words has good intentions. He or she means well. It’s just that the person really has no basis for saying it. It may not work out. Yet, we want to be optimistic. We don’t want the other person to give up. So we say something vague like, “It’ll all work out.” That phrase, of course, has a biblical origin. It is Romans 8:28. The only problem is that when most people say it, they leave off the most important part: “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose” (kjv). As Christians who love the Lord and are called according to God’s purpose, we have every reason to be hopeful and confident that God in his wisdom will somehow ultimately make it all work out.
Thank You, Lord, for Your promise to work out all things in our lives. Help us not to worry but entrust all things to Your care. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.