Devotional Readings

All Things Work Together for Good

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28.

I learned early on that one of the most important things a Christian must do is attend prayer meeting on a regular basis. Herein lies power and a constant source of encouragement and strength. I have also learned that it is safe to depend on this weekly spiritual nourishment and sheer joy to drink in the rich fellowship shared with other spiritual believers.

Rushing to church one prayer meeting night to be sure not be late, I hurried across the street to the bus stop. Oh, here it comes! I thought. Confident that the driver saw me, I ran across the street, waving to attract his attention, fully expecting him to pull to a stop and let me on. He did not. He didn’t even slow down.

I couldn’t believe it! Why would the Lord let this happen to me? He knew my purpose in going to prayer meeting. He knew missing that particular bus would also mean missing the connecting bus, which would get me to the church late. Oh, how I hurt, feeling that the Lord had forsaken me. Didn’t He want me to go to prayer meeting? Sulking, I waited impatiently for the next bus, my thoughts running wildly into the net of doubt. I felt as if God were far away.

Then a strange thing happened. A car approached and pulled to the curb directly in front of me. A friend poked his head out of the window and asked if I wanted a ride. I gladly got into the car, and he took me directly to the church door.

How chagrined I felt for having chided the Lord. Has He not promised, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose”? He can make even a missed bus work together for our good.

God cares about every little thing that concerns us, and He meets our needs in many unexpected ways. I felt so grateful, for He had saved me both time and money, and I had arrived at church not only on time but early.

Trust Him. He never fails.

–Audre B. Taylor


from A Word from Home
Ardis Stenbakken (editor) | Review & Herald (2005)
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