Life is full of challenges, struggles and disappointments. It is be easy to be overwhelmed by a devastating ordeal or circumstances that seem unfair.  As followers of Jesus, we are not immune from difficulties or situations that we don’t understand.

However, did you know that we have a unique promise from God that can provide tremendous comfort in times of confusion or suffering? Romans 8:28 tells us that for His children, God is working all things together for our good. This is amazing!

Consider an octopus. The octopus has a large central brain in its head, but it also has a unique network of smaller “brains” within each of its eight arms. Think of the complexity required to work eight arms and hundreds of sensitive suckers which provide the octopus with the equivalent of thumbs. The octopus also has the ability to camouflage instantly on any of the many different backgrounds it encounters undersea. Using different colors, textures, and arm contortions it can instantly melt into the seascape.

This is nothing compared with the complexity of the billions of inter-relationships and situations the people of God experience. “All things” include every circumstance of life — every conversation, every mistake, every heartache. Consider the innumerable details and the tremendous scope!

But our God is all-powerful and all-knowing! Even when people do and say evil things about you, or things feel out of control, God is orchestrating every element in our lives for good according to His plan and purposes.

Do you believe this? Do you live like you believe this?

This truth brings us great comfort and security. We may not understand why things happen, but we do know God is at work. Nothing can happen in our lives apart from the sovereign purposes of God.

John Munro

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