Summary: When you are going through all of those painful, tearful, sleepless, heartbreaking, agonizing life altering, and life destroying trials, troubles and tribulations count it all joy.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Trials, Troubles and tribulations, sometimes seems to be a way of life and it seems that sometimes we as Christians feel that life just should not be that way. At least not for us. After all we are the children of the one and only true God. The God who is the creator, provider and sustainer of all things. But sometimes the events and situations of day-to-day living just get us down. We get tried, frustrated and aggravated, sometime to the point where it seems that we are spiraling down deeper and deeper into an endless depth of troubles and woes. We fret and wonder and worry. We tarry and ponder for answers to end our plight of misery and mess.
Everyone has that one persistence problem or situation in their life that they have worried about, cried about, prayed about and wish that they could forget about. You have screamed from your inner most loins “ Lord, Lord when or will you fix this mess! I just can’t take it any more.” You just want relief; you just want it to be over. You just want it to be better. You just want your prayers answered. Well, James 1:2 says “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;”
Yes, count it all joy! When you are going through all of those painful, tearful, sleepless, heartbreaking, agonizing life altering, and life destroying trials, troubles and tribulations
count it all joy! Now that’s a hard thing to do. How can you have joy in the mist of your mess?
Look at your neighbor and tell them “ I don’t want your problems!”
My brothers and sisters you can have joy in the mist of your mess. As I stated earlier the Bible instructs the child of God to count it all joy, regardless of your circumstances or situation. The bible not only instructs us to have joy but it also gives the saints of God promise after promise that ensures our joy in this life and eternal life. Of all the promises of the bible there is one promise that seems to encompass all promises, and that is found in Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
So if there is anything pressing upon your heart or weighing on your mind or breaking your spirit on this day, I plead with you to set it aside for a few moments as we examine this promise of promises. As we explore how to have joy in the mist of our mess!
The scripture starts with and we know. Who is this WE Paul is referring too? Lets understand that Paul is not talking to or about everyone created by God and in his image when he says WE. Paul is talking to and about everyone created by God who has confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus, and believed in their heart that God has raised him from the dead. He is referring to the creations of God who has truly believed in and called on the name of Jesus.
There are many messages, scriptures, and warnings throughout the Bible to the unbeliever, and the fence straddle. There are countless woes to those attempting to fool God and themselves, but here in this promise Paul is talking to the true child of God. Paul says And we know. With these three words Paul reminds the Christian of their absolute certainty of eternal security in Christ Jesus.
What do we know? We know that beyond a doubt that every aspect of our lives are completely held with in the mighty hand of God and that it will be used to manifest his glory and to work out our own ultimate blessing. As a Child of God and a believer in Christ Jesus, we should be secure in our belief in the security of God. This fact alone should be enough to bring any child of God joy in the mist of their mess. To know, to be secure in the fact that, that painful, tearful, sleepless, heartbreaking, agonizing life altering, and life destroying trials, troubles and tribulations that have tormented your mind for so long is really not a problem. Because God has it all under control, it is in his hands and every thing that is occurring in your life is to the glory of God and to the benefit of your blessings. And Paul reminds us that as a child of God WE KNOW, or we should know.
Here is something else that WE KNOW. Paul tells us “And we know that all things work together.” When Paul says all things, He means all things. He means everything. There are no exceptions, there are no exclusions, and there are no limits. There is nothing that has occurred, will occur or may occur in your life that is or will not be included.