Remember: God is working it out Published Feb. 28, 2008 By Tech. Sgt. George Jones 301st Fighter Wing Fort Worth, TEXAS -- Many of us don't understand why things happen in our lives. Some of us in the past have had some very negative and extremely hurtful things happen to us. Events which may have left us wondering, "How can a God who is so just, loving, kind and righteous allow such a thing to happen to me? In times like this, it is very difficult to remember that God has the "master plan" or "blue print" for your life; a plan individually designed for each one of us. The Bible says God knows the number of hairs on our head. He knows us better than we know ourselves. God knows what it will take to move, stimulate, activate, or motivate each of us. Ultimately He knows what it will take to move us into the position that He would have for us. Therefore, God allows those unpleasant things (trials, storms) to come in our lives because He is just trying to perfect and direct us. 1 Peter 5:10 says, "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you". Sometimes God allows suffering, trouble, and trials for the perfecting of the saints. But I want you to know you can have an assurance in God, because He promised never to leave you nor forsake you. In Psalm 37: 25-26, David said, "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed." In our text, we find Paul writing to the Romans. He was encouraging them in the faith. In that time, if you were a Christian you could be subject to persecution or attack, for the name Christian, or to be called a Christian, was considered a slander by the non-Christians. Contrary to popular belief, Christian was not a title that was made up by those who loved Christ, but it was by those who utterly opposed Him. However, the Christians in that time were not offended because it associated them with the one who was able to deliver them. It identified them with Christ, the anointed one, the Messiah, the one who died for them, rose for them, was exalted for them, and intercedes for them. Therefore, we find the Apostle, Paul, encouraging them. Paul wanted them to know everything that you experience in life, including all the struggles, pain, frustration, heartaches, disappointments, and suffering you may enter into your life, God will use them and work those situations out for your good. There's a saying, "It's all good." God knows all things because He is omnipotent; God sees everything because He is omnipresent; He has experienced everything that you could possibly experience in life, through his son, Jesus. God rules all things, made all things, is in control of all things, and is working all things together for your good. Always remember, "God is working it out." In the Old Testament, I'm reminded of how God was using all the events of Joseph's life to get him where He wanted him to be. Joseph went from the cisterns of slavery to the governor in the palace. In Genesis 50:19, Joseph asked the question, "Am I in the place of God?" Focusing on the life situations of Joseph, God uses situations, situations which may to us seem negative, and to mold us ultimately into what God wants us to be. I want you to understand, there is no problem, no situation that can or will occur in your life that God cannot handle. All you have to remember is God is working all things together for the good of them who love the lord and are called according to his purpose.