Pastor's Pen by Cliff Henry

Romans 8:28, a familiar passage of Scripture to many, says the following, “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.”

As you read the Bible you find that God can takes a seemingly bad situation and use it for good. Take for, example, the account of Jesus’ birth in Like 2: 1-20. You will find that the government in charge, Rome, formulating a tax resulting in the people having to travel back to their city of birth -- Augustus Caesar must have been a democrat. This created a hardship for many, no doubt, and it was certainly a difficult journey for Joseph and Mary. Remember, Mary was basically nine months with child as they traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

God protected Joseph and Mary and allowed them to make their destination safely. Jesus was born in Bethlehem so that the Scripture would be fulfilled in Micah 5:2, which prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. God used and official “taxing” in order to fulfill His Word and accomplish His will.

It is that way in the believer’s personal life, as well. When difficulties come our way, we usually view it in a bad light. Remember that all things work together for good to them that love God. God has a purpose in it, though we may not understand it at the time. It may not be for us in our lifetime to know why. It is for us to love and trust God and walk with Him so that His perfect will is accomplished.

Think about it.

Cliff Henry is the pastor of Greenland Baptist Church. He can be reached at​