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Almost every Christian has at one time in their life quoted Romans 8:28 to a brother or sister that is experiencing a trial. This is one of those verses we love to say to someone as we try to encourage them to trust God and press on. This is a great verse for that. However, it can be a difficult verse to accept when we are on the receiving side of the conversation.

A couple of weeks ago I took my family out for dinner. On our way out of the restaurant there was one of those gum ball like machines that you put money in, turn a knob and a prize comes out. All of my children took a turn. One got a ring, another a necklace, and one got stickers. Sadly, one of my daughters got a pair of black shoelaces, the kind for men's dress shoes. After looking at them she said "Here daddy, I want you to have them." I thought to myself "Who puts shoe laces in a kid's vending machine and calls it a prize?" I was hurt for her. It didn't seem fair. That "by chance" she got stuck with shoelaces and not a toy.

When we learn to accept those things which look like defeat or failure and to understand that our Heavenly Father is still in control and that He has a plan for everything that happens to us then we can receive it as an opportunity to magnify and honor Him. What joy it brings Him when we fully trust Him in every need.

In the first seven chapters of Romans Paul paints a picture of the hopelessness that man faces in a lost world void of the knowledge and love of God. In chapter 8 Paul transitions to the reality that God has a plan and that He is working all things to our good, even those things that appear to be bad or unfair. Paul concludes this passage with a message of true encouragement. There is nothing that can come between us and the love of God. Nothing!


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When Solomon's Temple is complete and he has assembled the priests and musicians, something incredible happens.  The Temple fills with a cloud. This cloud was so glorious that the priests could not stand to minister.  I would have loved to have had the privilege to witness this! What must it have looked like...sounded like...smelled like...felt like?!  

Two things strike me, however, as I have that thought.  First of all, my amazement at the cloud is 'over-shadowed' by my amazement at the statement of the priests and musicians as they prepared to bring the Ark of the Covenant into the Temple.  They sang, "He indeed is good for His loving kindness is everlasting."  Their song contains no mention of the gloriousness of the Temple, the faithfulness of Solomon to obey, the kingship of David, the artisans' tremendous skill, etc.  They are humbled by God's goodness in His demonstrating His everlasting love in their direction!

The second thought I have is that, as phenomenal as that cloud must have been and as awesome as the sight was to the people, that same God lives in me! A very similar filling takes place as the Holy Spirit of God indwells a life. When children at Faith's VBS recently trusted Christ, He descended. When those on our CPR Cards come to Jesus in repentance, He descends. When we lead a family member to Christ  and they receive Him as Saviour, He descends. My prayer is that these realities would cause me to be so overwhelmed today that I cannot minister but must be seated at His descent!

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