What is your perspective?
I visit a lot of sick and elderly people. Surprisingly, the differences in how they view life are vast. I recently visited a couple where the woman had just fractured her hip and the husband had cancer underneath the heart in a location where the doctors cannot operate. I expected the visit to be somewhat depressing. After all, what would the natural reaction of anyone in their situation be if not negative? Yet as I walked into their home, they welcomed me with joy. As we began to talk, they told me about their deep trust in the plan of God for their lives. Whether they would get healed or not, they believed that in all things, God was at work. Whether God would extended their lives on earth or bring them home to heaven, things will be good. Their home was full of peace.
Someone has said that 10% of life is what happens to us and 90% is how we react to what happens to us. After my visit I was even more convinced that whoever came up with the percentages was right. It is not what happens to us, but how we react to what happens to us that determines our quality of life. It is all about perspective.
Writing to the persecuted believers in Rome, Paul the apostle states: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28)
The believers around him knew.
And Paul wanted the believers in Rome to know.
That in all things God works for the good of those who love him.
The bottom line is not the struggle you are currently facing. It is not the sickness in your body or the trouble in your marriage. The bottom line is: “Do you love God?” Because if you do, God is at work. You may not see him or sense him, but he is working all things, the good, the bad and the ugly, for your good! God is at work and if you allow him to, he will turn your mess into your message. He will make all things new.
Remember today: GOD IS FOR YOU! (Romans 8:31)
Pastor Pekka Perho