Relax- God’s Got This!

Romans 8:28-30                  

28 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.  29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Friends in Christ,

Last week we had the blessing of hearing how the Holy Spirit of God knows us, investigates us, walks alongside us in every situation, dwells within us as His Temple, and finally, groans for us when we just don’t know what to pray for anymore.  Today as we continue our August in Romans our God continues heaping his love upon us by reminding us that as those moments of doubt and fear and groaning continue to happen, he asks us to sit back and relax- because He’s got this.  He’s got you.  He knows what he’s doing, and he knows how he’s working, so sit back, be faithful, “Relax, God’s Got This.”

An anonymous poet once wrote a poem entitled “The Weaver” It goes like this:

My life is but a weaving
between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the underside.
Not til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

God help us to echo the words of that poet, right?!  Because I know very well that’s usually the LAST thing on my mind when the stuff starts going down!  I mean, really, who says this stuff?!  I suppose we do, but when?  AFTER we see how bad stuff turns out for good, right?!  How sad are we!

There are times in our lives when we act out against our God- when we curse, swear, lie, deceive, when we react to things with anger or shame, we know sin very well and that’s just the beginning of the sins we commit seemingly unceassingly.  But what we fail to realize is that when those moments of doubting that God really has the power to keep his promises, or that he really is able to work through those dark moments for our good, we fail to realize that that sin is just as powerful and just as soul-condemning as any other sin around!

When those times come and we get all worked up, all stressed, all consumed by what- our own personal doubt, our own sin, we are telling the Father of Lies himself that he’s winning the day.  And he is winning us.  We sin, we fall short, and God makes it clear, we deserve to be gathered up like those nasty fish and thrown to hell where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!  And the devil loves it!  And I hate it.  God hates it.  So he tells us what he told the Romans- you have got to know this my dear child- Doubt will not win this day!  Sin will not win this day!  I WIN THIS DAY, AND I WIN THIS FOREVER!  SO RELAX!  I’VE GOT THIS!  Or as Paul was inspired to say,

28 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.  29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

The Greek for “know” doesn’t mean some head knowledge, like you better know this because the Bible says so.  This “know” is the knowledge of someone who has experienced it, who has seen it, who knows that this is true and I can trust it because there is no other way to look at it.  You know God is working for your good.  The word for “works” is the word we get the word synergy from- in other words, there is a close sharing of energy together of what?  God and your good.

When you wonder if God works through all things for your good I will simply ask you to do this-  Say that out loud while looking at the cross.  It’s possible to feel it, especially in the heart of the bad times, but you know in faith, God’s precious gift that the Holy Spirit who groans for you has worked in your heart, you know in faith that it is impossible for God, as Paul says, who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?!  So we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to His purpose. 

A pastor by the name of Ray Pritchard tells the story of a father whose son was killed in a terrible accident. He came to his pastor and in great anger said, “Where was God when my son died?” The pastor thought for a moment and said, “The same place he was when his Son died.”

Remember the poem?

The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

Dear brothers and sisters, the darkest thread of all was the thread from God’s loom that blotted out the sun from noon to 3 on the darkest and bleakest Friday that occurred almost 2,000 years ago.  But what do we call that Friday today?  We call it Good.  Because that was the Friday of our forgiveness.  That was the Friday when our payment for sin was finished.  On Easter, the tapestry of our redemption from sin was flipped over and we saw the picture of salvation, holding the face of our risen Lord.

So relax.  God’s got this.  And by this, I mean you.  Let these truths of Scripture, these glories of God bring rest to your soul, and peace to your heart.  Let these truths be that which fills your soul on the dark days, and brings a smile on the bright ones as well.  You have more than a weaver by your side.  You have the Creator, the Redeemer, the Sanctifier, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  You have forgiveness, you have life- now and forever.  Relax.  God’s Got You.  In Jesus, our Risen Lord’s name.  Amen.

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