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so… we left off with the question of how do I cope with all this – the fear, the frustration, the waiting for further testing
 
what was so desperately needed was peacepeace that regardless of the final diagnosis, all would be well… peace for me while I waited for that diagnosis… peace for my wife as we waited for the diagnosis…  
 
fortunately, the solution to that need was right at hand…
 
Rom 8:28  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God…
 
that "all things" means just that… everything – whether I think of it as bad or good, pleasant or painful, gain or loss – "all things" – the questions being – Do I believe it?  Is it really true?  Am I someone who meets that criteria – it does have one – "to those who love God"?
well, I do… it is… I am…   yes folks, I'm one of those!  a dyed in the wool, born-again, cover-to-cover Bible-believing Christian – saved by God's grace and the incredible sacrifice of my Lord and Saviour on that cross some 2,000 years ago.  It had nothing to do with me – there was nothing that I could have done to have made myself lovable to the Creator of the universe.  I had come to that realization at an early age – confronted with my own complete depravity – and accepting the fact that it was only through Christ's suffering (in my place, for my sin) that I could have a personal relationship with God – a God who loved me and had a purpose for my life.  
 
One of my favorite passages is Ephesians 2 and I would highly recommend reading the whole chapter here, but I'll just pull a few of the verses directly into this post…
 
Ephesians 2
v1  And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,
v4  But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
v5  even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
v8  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
v9  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
v10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
 
so… here's my true position (alive together with Christ, saved by grace, through faith) – and I can rest in that – but do I… did I?