Today has reminded me of a life changing truth. There are three numbers that signal the continual and faithful work of God in my life. 8…2…8 just three ordinary numbers that reference an extraordinary truth that the Apostsle Paul taught 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.”
And we know…Do you know in the depth of your being that God is faithful to His Word? Working in you this moment? Has the ability and power to piece together all things to make a greater purposeful “whole picture” in your life?
In all things…Scripture is clear, All means All! Not some things, not just convenient things, not just the things that we can figure out and create a plan for…ALL things, and girlfriend that means EVERYTHING. I know what your thinking…what about the ridiculously bad things, the broken heart things, the pieces of me that are smashed by life things…Yes, my dear sister, even those things. That is the beauty of the gospel. We can’t possibly understand in full how God works, but we need to believe that His promises are true and that it was God himself who gave us his word…All things are going to work FOR or TOWARD our good. It might not seem like it today, but TRUST what God’s Word says, and thank him in all things, because beyond the circumstances, God is at work.
God works for the good…I like sweets and left to just my own, I would think sweets should be good all the time. But we all know that a diet of just sweets is only going to get me sick fast. In the same way a life of just what I want might seem to be good, but in reality it might be the worst possible thing for me. So, God in His wisdom allows things to enter into the picture of the story of my life, things that are not that great, and it is as HE works for the good in these things, that I end up discovering more purpose,as I experience more growth.
God works towards my growth….as much as I love 828, I have to admit that is is 829 that makes it come together and make sense,
“For those God forknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his son.” Romans 8:29
829 is power packed!
- God forknew us
- God predestined us
- God planned for us to be conformed or changed into His likeness
- It is His purpose that we be conformed into the image of His son…made more like Jesus.
All the things we go through, day by day, piece by piece, hurt by hurt, are seen and known by God. He is with us. He is working. He is crafting together each piece like a divinely designed puzzle. Only He knows the picture on the outside of our life’s box. My picture is different than yours, so each of us have different pieces. You are an original and so am I. But let us never forget that we were not meant to live for ourselves, but always and only for the Him, the God who works all things together for good, making us more like Jesus!
Share it with a friend, encourage someone with the truth of God’s word. And, most of all, never forget those 3 numbers or the One who promised to be forever faithful to those who are HIS. Sit with the truth, thank God for the promise, picture His hand taking each piece of the puzzle of your life and fitting into the bigger picture. Believe Him for your outcome.
If you have a 828 story please send it to me, I would love to share your testimony of God’s grace and goodness in your life with others on the blog.