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Questioning what we know

July 13, 2010

“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

But sometimes in our grief we wonder if God really meant all things.  And if he really did mean all things, we start to think that maybe we haven’t been called according to his purpose or maybe we don’t really love him.  When we’re in the throes of darkness and we feel attacked from every angle it is easy to question this scripture.

The author, Paul, however, is quite careful with his words.  He states “we know”.  He could have written “I know” or “I think” or “I’m going to tell you so that you can learn”, but instead he simply states what we already know.

“Know” is a powerful word.  We know we need air to breath because we’ve seen what happens to those depleted of air.  We know how big an inch is because we can measure it with a ruler.  We know things of which we are certain. Paul states with confidence that not only he knows but that his readers also know this fact about the way God works.

When we get down in life and begin to question our knowledge of our Heavenly Father due to our present circumstances, we must remember how God uses our weaknesses to showcase His strengths.  We are only winners because we were such losers. God is faithful.

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” – Psalms 103:13-14

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