Romans 8:28 is an extremely powerful, popular and among the most preached verses of all time. It says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Wow! God works only for the good and not for bad of those who love him and are called by Him. That kind of promise no one on planet earth can give us no matter how powerful or how wealthy the person maybe.

But at times we tend to forget this word from God especially when going through a tough time. We crib saying “why me Lord!”. We cry Infront of others like all is lost and live the rest of our lives with a gloomy face. We may feel justified in blaming God for all that has happened in our lives and may feel that He has left us.

If that is how you feel today then I have some good news for you and pray that as we read this blog we would introspect and see the goodness of God in our lives.

God never promised that if we follow Him we will have only good in our lives and nothing bad. But the most reassuring fact is that no matter what the situation it cannot harm us. We may be in the worst of situation but it will not touch us.

Psalm 91:7 says, “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.”

Joseph’s life story in Old Testament is one of my favourite ones in the Bible simply because it exemplifies the promise of God that no matter what He will never leave us.

Joseph the eleventh son of Israel, favourite one of his father had to be thrown in the pit, sold off to the merchants who brought him to Egypt to sell him again to a high ranking officer so that when false allegations are put against him he would be thrown in the King’s prison. All this so that once he gets out of there he would stand in the presence of the Pharaoh who after hearing him interpreting his dream would make him the Prime Minister of Egypt, the second in command!

All this could not have happened had Joseph stayed with his father. He had to be brutally snatched out of there so that he could be what God had planned for him.

But Joseph did not understand God’s plan till the famine came there. Till then he would have thought that he was in prison because his brothers hated him. He could not see God’s plan there but he did not stop trusting God and being faithful in all that was given to him.

Joseph when the famine began and his brothers came to him for food understood the plan of God as written in Genesis 45:4-5, “[4] Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! [5] And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.”

What happened with Joseph is no different from what you maybe going through. You maybe feeling like everything that could go wrong is going wrong but remember even the arrow before it zooms in the air to pierce all that is Infront of it is pulled back!

We can look at the lives of David, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Job in the Old Testament to see how God was with them even in midst of their crisis and how through those crisis God created testimonies and changed the course of their lives.

You may say that was in Old Testament. That sort of stuff does not happen now. Well even the New Testament is full of miracles which God performed not only when Jesus was on earth but even when He ascended to heaven. The Book of Acts of the Apostles is full of testimonies of how God saved, redirected and protected the Apostles.

These examples are there in Bible not just to be seen as good Sunday School stories but as reference points that if God can do it for them why will He not do it for us?

Maybe it is difficult for you to believe this today as you are in a low phase of your life but I strongly encourage you to not lose your faith in God our Father, faith in Jesus our saviour and faith in Holy Spirit our friend and guide and be faithful in the calling that God has called you for and once you get out of that phase you will realize that it was for your good.

God has never left His children, those that believe Him and follow Him and is at work every second in our lives to bring good and not harm. You may feel that what you have lost is irreplaceable, maybe someone whom you dearly loved but believe God that there was a plan and purpose of God even in that.

God loves us like crazy that is why He did not hesitate to sacrifice His only Son Jesus for us, for forgiveness of our sins so that we could be with Him forever and He yearns for us to come near to Him, walk in His ways and trust Him with all our heart knowing that nothing which happens in a believer’s life is outside His will!

Would like to close with these powerful lyrics from the song, ‘In the eye of the storm’ by Bryan Fowler and Ryan Stevenson.

In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
And in the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm
When the solid ground is falling out from underneath my feet
Between the black skies and my red eyes, I can barely see
When I realize I’ve been sold out by my friends and my family
I can feel the rain reminding me
In the eye of the storm…
When my hopes and dreams are far from me
And I’m runnin’ out of faith
I see the future I pictured slowly fade away
And when the tears of pain and heartache
Are pouring down my face
I find my peace in Jesus’ name
In the eye of the storm…
When the test comes in and the doctor says
I’ve only got a few months left
It’s like a bitter pill I’m swallowing
I can barely take a breath
And when addiction steals my baby girl
And there’s nothing I can do
My only hope is to trust You
I trust You, Lord
In the eye of the storm…

Stay Strong in Faith. God bless you!

Your brother in Christ