Wednesday, August 24, 2011

An Optimistic Faith

Romans 8:28 doesn't mean life will be perfect or easy.  The "good" it talks about is God's glory and our holiness, and sometimes that can happen through some painful experiences.  Christians know God is sovereign and loving, and even when life hurts, our faith keeps us hopeful and trusting.

My pastor wrote a great blog about this last spring.  Enjoy the encouragement:

"Faith in Christ as we walk through this life can easily be mistaken for optimism. Don’t misunderstand, faith is not some worldly pie-in-the-sky glee. It is instead, a thoughtful confidence that our God is in charge of everything in our lives and his sovereign purpose for us will prevail. The words of Romans 8:28 (“God works all things together for good”) are not a license to live recklessly, but a reminder that the twists in the road “for those who love him” are adjustments that God has ordained to take us where he intends. We can be confident that God not only “called us according to his purpose” but he is actively using a variety of means to accomplish it. Where does that leave us? Looking pretty optimistic! We love him, he directs our lives and we entrust the outcome to him. So shun the temptation to fret or complain, and keep trusting our King!"
- Pastor Mike Fabarez  (March 15, 2011)

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