Day Five: According to His Purpose

Romans 8:28 (NLT) – 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.

“The promise of [Psalm 121]…is not that we shall never stub our toes but that no injury, no illness, no accident, no distress will…be able to separate us from God’s purposes in us.” [Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, p. 42]

God’s providence ensures us that he is continually involved in our lives to make sure everything goes according to his plan.

What does it mean when “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them?”

How can we practically “love God” today and be assured of our “calling” in him?

Romans 8:26-27 tells us that “Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness” and when we don’t know what to pray for, the “Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words” and“the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.”

As we close in prayer, let’s pray in the Spirit to align our hearts and lives with his will and purposes. Let’s also pray that more of God’s will would be accomplished in our ministries and communities as we continue to submit and yield to him.

– GW

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