It doesn’t have to be done this way. But if you do, the treasures you will find!
I’m talking about meeting the challenge I was presented with. From the Good Book, in Romans, pick out one verse and jot down thirty things you learned.
Sometimes an assignment can feel more like a challenge. My heart wanted to select from Esther, but that was not an option.
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. (Roman 8:28 NIV)
The following is what came to my attention:
- Know/head knowledge
- All things/everything
- God caused/allowed/made so
- Love God/heart knowledge/in tune to his desires
- Good/what is best/beneficial
- Them/those of God
- Called/made contact/responsive
- According/relating to/pertaining to
- His purpose/Gods’ plan/assignment/use
Wow! Who knew so much could be pulled from one verse? Granted, I used more than one Good Book. It isn’t necessary, but if you do, so much more comes to the surface. It’s all good stuff.
Did you know you were created for a special purpose? That it pertains to a divine plan? The things that nag at you could be our Creator tapping you on the shoulder urging you to do the Nike thing, Just Do It?
Here is the clincher. That your life events had a purpose and were preparing for some great work. Allow me to elaborate on great. I’m not talking making the national news. By great, I mean something that you would never imagine yourself doing. But with God’s help, oh my, he makes all the difference in the world!
This is where the rubber meets the road. Maybe some life events have happened that were bad. And God let it happen. That is hard to swallow. Understood.
I know a lady that had a terrible childhood and in her adult years had a destructive marriage. That is behind her today because she turned her life around. It can be done. I witnessed it.
But why did she have to experience so much heartache?
I don’t have all the answers, but I know who does. Jesus has the definitive answer. What I saw was him strengthening her to make some needed changes.
I almost forgot! There was more to my assignment. I was instructed to rephrase that one verse into my own words. They are:
Because of the love I have for God, I am assured that the events in my life were custom designed to benefit me and can be pulled together in such a way to be of use to God’s unique plan for my life.
That takes a mouthful of faith to live out. Note one of the above words I got was ‘work.’ Faith is a muscle that must be exercised to become strong. Anything worthwhile requires work. Are ya up to the challenge?