I was talking last week about God’s ability to work even bad things out for the good of those who love Him. Remember Paul’s words in the book of Romans when he says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (8:28 NASB). I shared how God used my back pain to reveal some other health issues that I needed to be addressed. One of the interesting keys of helping us understand this promise is the word “together”. In the Greek language the word “together” is the root from which we get our English word “synergy”. Synergy is the force that is created when different components are working together. We’re having an event this Saturday, “The Church Mobilization Day”, that I pray will create synergy for the glory of God. Various parts working together through NDC, the New York Baptist Conference and Dave Huizing (our WOL representative) will hopefully produce an effect that is greater than the sum of the individual parts working alone. When different parts work together for good in our lives sometimes we’re not even aware of what God is doing.
As I mentioned last week because of my back pain I had figured that this was going to be my last season of skiing. I’ve been skiing for over 30 years and I especially enjoy skiing with my youngest daughter Ashley. But the first time I went out this year was just too painful an experience. But as the result of my physical therapy and the fact that I bought a triple play at the start of the ski season (a pass you have to use 3 times to get your money’s worth) a few weeks back I went skiing with Ashley again. That Saturday also was a para-skiing day. These are the folks skiing with one leg or skiing sitting on a sled with hand held skis. I found these individuals as an amazing source of inspiration. Here I was thinking of giving up something I love to do because of a little back pain and here are folks skiing with one leg. I will ski again this season (remember the triple play) and probably even beyond this year because of the inspiration I have seen.
The promise that we’ve considered from Romans is a harmonious and a precious promise. God
is indeed working things together for good. Remember Joseph, back in the book of Genesis, how his brothers sold him into slavery which resulted in him ultimately becoming Prime Minister of Egypt and saving his whole family. Remember what Joseph said to his brothers when they came seeking his forgiveness after their father’s death. We read “But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid, am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is not being done, the saving of many lives” (50:19-20 NIV).
Child of God are you going through a difficult time right now? Know that Christ is at work and hold on to Him. See if you too can find an inspiration that can help put everything in the right perspective.
Pastor Rich Sivo