Are You Having A Bad Day?

By: Woody Godbey

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”  This great verse is saying that God knew his people in advance, and he chose us to become like his Son so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. -Romans 8:29

 Let me say first that God loves us, and He is always looking out for our eternal benefit. Notice I said, “eternal benefit”.  Christians love quoting Romans 8:28, which says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”  But after verse 28 comes our text, verse 29: "For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters."

 If you read verse 28 by itself and not in context, you may get the wrong idea and think that everything always must turn out nice and beautiful. We might think that whatever happens, it will get better, and we can tie it all up with a nice little bow and say, "You see? This bad thing happened, and it turned into a good thing. And now…"

 That can be true with a lot of things in life. But then there are things that are bad, and they stay bad.  And they always will be bad. So even when what we are going through is difficult, the Bible says, "For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!" (2 Corinthians 4:17).  If a person lived to be 100 years old and every single day was bad, what is that compared to eternity?

 I want everyone reading this to realize that the ultimate good is not our temporal happiness. The ultimate good is that we are going to be like Jesus Christ. That is God's objective. As the apostle, John reminds us, "But he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is."

 So there are things in life that will make sense. And there are other things that won't make sense. But just remember this: God loves you, and He is always looking out for your eternal benefit.  Let’s keep our minds and focus on the eternal and the temporal won’t seem so bad.  God Bless!