Saturday, October 9, 2010

Murphy's Law Revisted

If you ask someone to tell you what is “Murphy’s Law,” most will probably say, “Anything that can happen will happen.”  Usually, it’s thought of in a negative way in that bad things always occur, but it’s actually an engineering principle reminding us to prepare for every possibility.  Sadly, as much as we prepare, something usually ends up throwing us for a loop.  Thankfully, the Father is not worried about those stresses and strains.

Paul says in Romans 8:28, “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.”  Now, this verse is normally interpreted to mean that no matter what terrible ordeals we’re facing, God works those things out where they become good for us, such as, if I lose a job, God gets me a better one down the road.  Unfortunately, I don’t believe that’s the kind of good he means, not to say that He won’t do that.

In verse 29, Paul reveals, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”  The good God is working in us through all the circumstances we face is to make us like His Son.  In other words, the relationship that is shared between the Father and the Son is the same relationship He wants with each of us.

Now, just because “the good” has more to do with changing us from the inside out doesn’t mean God sits back and watches us suffer.  Paul did say He would “graciously give us all things” in verse 32.  Besides, “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” and nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God” (verses 37, 39).

1 comment:

  1. I thank the Lord that He is always teaching us something, even in the darkest hours of our lives nothing we go through can be considered waste. Change me Lord! Thank you Jesus!