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It'll Be Okay

Posted: Sunday, July 24

Pastor Joshua Humpa// Children's pastor

Pastor Joshua Humpa// Children's pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22
Romans 8:26-39
Psalm 18:37-50
Proverbs 19:27-29

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. 

 

 

The goal for Christians is to be more like Jesus every single day until we are finally made completely pure like Christ. That means bearing the Fruits of the Spirit without any mistakes in between. That means being so connected with God that nothing else matters except pleasing His will. While comfort and fun make life easier, even better, this life is like a puff of smoke dissolving away compared to eternity. 

 

When Paul writes that God will work out everything for the good, he means that no matter what trouble or turmoil you go through, in the end it will all be ok. While God works in mysterious ways and answers prayers in only ways He knows how to, this life and these moments aren’t lasting. Eternity is much longer, more definite, and more substantial. God wants to use whatever hard time you’re in to make you more like Christ because that is the ultimate goal of your life. Take comfort in knowing that a loving, good, faithful God is rooting for you and has your ultimate best in mind. Turn to Him in troubling times, let Him bring the good out in you during the bad, and know that it will all be ok in the end.