Puzzle Pieces

How do we become the person God wants us to be? Like pieces of a puzzle, events that alter our lives, people we met alone the way, relationships made and broken, decisions we make, all eventually come together to make the person God wants us to be. We find that enemies challenge us more than friends, we learn more from losses than wins, broken hearts mend stronger, and the path less traveled is actually the best path.

The Lord uses all of this to make us more like Jesus, It is His desire that we become like Jesus and so we need to experience to a certain degree the challenges that Jesus faced. For us to learn to love, we have to deal with someone who is unlovable; to learn of healing we may need to have illness; to learn to trust God, we need to be unable to control certain situations in our lives. We will never know what we are made of until we are challenged. We learn more about prayer when we are in a tight spot than when we are on ‘top of the world’. The highs and lows of our lives should be traversed with the same love of God and the same praise for his being in our lives. We should not love him more in the highs than we do in the lows.

This time travel we call LIFE is designed to allow us to fulfill the call of God on our lives. Paul let us understand in Romans 8: 28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” (KJV) It is God that causes everything to work together for our good. He has promised that all of these things no matter how bad they may appear, no matter how difficult to press through, no matter how hurtful to our pride, are for our good.

Our job is to understand that and rely upon that. Paul was very positive when he said, “And we know that all things work together for good…..” (emphasis supplied) Two key words, KNOW and ALL. What does it mean to know? The dictionary says that know is to understand fact or truth, to apprehend clearly and with certainty, to regard as truth beyond doubt. We should know, regard as truth beyond doubt, that God is for us and not against us; that he is working all things for our good. What does it mean when it is all? Here again the dictionary says all is the whole of. If all is the whole, then there are no parts. When Paul says all things he means every thing that happens in our life. For us the translation should read, “We regard as truth beyond doubt that the whole of our experiences have been caused by God to work together for our good.” If we accept this, we will understand that the puzzle is not complete and that when it is, everything we have gone through and will go through, is being worked for our good so that we can be more like Jesus and more effective in our call from God.

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