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Joy is only possible when you can trust that God is at work in your troubles

The Star
Our Plan Comes Together – Part 1

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:26-30

Key Verse: Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Christmas reminds us of a star—the one that led wise men to Jesus. I want the star to remind us that God is still leading all of us to Jesus and His plan for our lives. We’ve looked at Philippians 2:13 which reminds us that God works in our desires, and through them accomplishes His purposes in us.

Today our scripture reminds us that God uses all the circumstances happening in our lives to bring His plan together. This scripture does not say that all these circumstances are good—they are not. Rather, the key verse promises us that God powerfully works to use even bad circumstances to turn out for our good.

You are probably going through some tough times in your life and it feels like God is not paying attention—He is! It feels like God is not listening to your prayers—but He is! God is at work, guiding you to Himself and perfecting His plan in you. Your circumstances are like the star of Bethlehem—thank God for them. This is why the Apostle James wrote: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy” (James 1:2). Joy is only possible when you can trust that God is at work in your troubles, forming them into a beautiful plan; making you a beautiful person. It doesn’t feel pleasant as you walk through these valleys, but keep your faith in the One who never sleeps! (Continued)

Father, thank You for working out Your plans and purposes in me and for me. In Jesus’s name, amen.