God By Our Side

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”– Romans 8:28

I think I need a personal assistant.

I recently attended a workshop led by a renown landscape painter. During her three-hour presentation, a well-dressed woman came up to the stage at various times to help the artist. I learned that her role was that of “business partner”. She promoted an upcoming solo show the artist was doing, called time when the break was over, adjusted the microphone on the artist when it slipped, set her demo painting on an easel for her, took photos, located a missing tube of red oil paint, moved a lectern out of the way so people could see a large painting better, and finally, gave out notecard gifts done by the artist to each participant. Wow! That lady was busy.

I have never seen an artist presenter with an assistant.

I have never seen an assistant so intent on working for the good of a person’s presentation or their art business. I marveled at her obvious drive to work for the good of this landscape artist, to promote her work, and make her presentation go smoothly. I want an assistant like that!

Paul writes about the God we have who works all things for the good of those who love him. God works in our lives, assisting us each day, answering our prayers, gifting us to do good works, and loving us no matter what. He is by our side when things go wrong, when we can’t juggle everything, when we are out of touch with ourselves, and when we are lonely. And notice that Paul says “in all things God works for good”. Not just in “some things”. Or the things “where we get everything right.” But in ALL things.

That is truly good news. God works for our good in all things. No matter how bad or awful they seem. We can trust that God is assisting us with a power we do not have, but that He freely gives. Will you ask Him to assist you today?

Prayer– “Gracious God, thank you for assisting me and working for my good every day, in all things. I pray I might see how you work in my life, so I can praise you! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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