Nay In All These Things

Introduction: One of the things we enjoy as God’s children is knowing His will and purpose for our lives. Knowing the will of God for our lives requires that we have to make plans in order to accomplish His purpose. For example, if you believe it is God’s will for you to go into a particular profession, then you will plan to attend the relevant school that will prepare you for that profession. A person who wants to become a minister of the Gospel will plan to attend a Bible College or a Seminary. This is also true of other vocations.

(Romans 8: 28 – 39)

Shattered Dreams: What we sometimes find in life is that although we are making plans based on what we know to be the will of God, our plans can fall through the cracks. Everything seems to go wrong and our hopes become shattered in our face. This can be a very difficult experience or season in life because it brings confusion and frustration into our lives. There are many examples of people in the Bible who experienced broken dreams and whose plans seem shattered for a season. Joseph received a dream from God that he would become a ruler but rather than for his dream to come true, he experienced a major setback when his brothers sold him into slavery. Jacob also had his dream of marrying Rachel shattered for a season. After seven years of service, he was asked to marry Leah instead of Rachel and he had to wait another seven years. Apostle John found himself on the Island of Patmos just because he was preaching the gospel. His plan of winning more souls for Christ was halted by incarceration in a lonely and desolate island. Naomi and her husband went to sojourn in the country of Moab because there was famine in Bethlehem. Her plans became shattered when she lost her husband and two sons in a foreign land. Our Lord Jesus Christ also experienced disappointment when John the Baptist was beheaded in prison. We too have had experiences that bring us pain and hurt and confusion because our plans were completely overturned. In all the experiences we are passing through, God can still allow us to find meaning and come out victorious.  But how?
1. We need to keep our eyes on God and on our goals: Although Joseph experienced many trials his focus was constantly on God and his goal. He did not allow himself to be distracted by the devil. We should never forget God’s word that says “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Rom. 8: 37).        
2. Remember God’s providence: Our God is all powerful and He can do as He wills.  The Bible says that God makes all things work together for good to them that love Him (Rom. 8:28). In a miraculous way, God prospered Jacob beyond his imagination. He did the same for Joseph. When Naomi’s plans shattered through the loss of her family members God used Boaz as a kinsman redeemer
3. Be Ready to Receive: Although Apostle John was in solitary confinement, he was in a state of readiness to receive from God. The block to his ministry became a blessing (Rev. 1: 10). He received the Book of Revelation from God while on the Island of Patmos. We too should be ready to receive from God.
4. Work with your wound: Jesus experienced pain when John the Baptist died his wound became healing for others. We too can still be a blessing to others as we go through the pain of disappointment because God is always with us.

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