March 17, 2020 – Tuesday
Romans 8:28 NASB
28And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NIV
28And 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 NKJV
28And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NRSB
28We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.
Today a few members of our church and various other churches gathered at Dayton’s LEC (Life Enrichment Center) for food distribution to a variety of churches and charitable organizations that can make use of the excess food LEC has donated to them. We, Calvary Chapel of Dayton, are one of the churches and share the food we receive with another church, a food pantry in Urbana OH, and some families in Franklin OH as well as members of our own church.
After the food has been divided up among those there, before much is loaded up we form up in a circle and pray. Often times we take prayer requests and praises before praying, but today was different. Today I asked Reverend Allen Foster to lead us in prayer. He took no prayer requests or praises. Instead he lifted his voice and our hopes and worries to Almighty God. Quoting Romans 8:28 he stated we, as men and women, who love God know (!) God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God. All things, even the corona virus that have so many worried and concerned. God will see this work together with all things for the good of those who love Him.
He went on to say much more, but those words continued to resonate and echo in my heart and mind and I knew I would have to write about his prayer today. Surprisingly it also fits in somewhat with the subject of persecution I have been writing about. Thus we know all things work together for good including persecution and suffering (Ellicott’s Commentary). David Guizk adds: God’s sovereignty and ability to manage every aspect of our lives is demonstrated in the fact that all things work together for good to those who love God, though we must face the sufferings of this present time. God is able to make even those sufferings work together for our good and His good.
I placed four different versions of the verse for today at the top so we might see they are all virtually identical. It does not matter what version of the Bible we are reading. We can be assured God remains in charge! Not only does He remain in charge, but we know that all things work together for good to those who love God. For me that results in great comfort and it is my hope it does the same for you. Thank you Reverend Allen Foster.
Riley D. Driver-Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton