It'll Be Okay
Posted: Sunday, July 24
2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22
Verse of the Day:
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28 NLT)
“It’ll be ok!” This is something I say a lot working with kids. Mom and Dad drop off a crying child, “It’ll be ok!” A kid is running, falls, and scrapes a knee, “It’ll be ok!” Kids are coloring and a crayon breaks, “It’ll be ok!”
Saying the, “It’ll be ok” phrase to adults usually comes in a lot heavier context. Today’s verse of the day has been a comfort and shield to so many in difficult moments. But does this verse mean that in troubling times God will work behind the scenes to make everything better? The answer is yes… and no.
When examining any scripture, context is key. Throughout this portion, Paul is writing about living through pain and suffering with the power of the Holy Spirit. First, this promise of God working things out for good applies to those who, “love God.” If you’re not a follower of Jesus, this verse isn’t for you. And here’s why - the “good” may not be the “good” most of us initially think of. If we define “good” by only what we see and feel in this life, we’re missing out on this verse’s full promise and truth.