Oct 26, 2016
WOFCF Bible Explosion
The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life – Lesson Two (Romans 8:28)
The way in which we meet the trials of life depends on the way we inwardly see and believe things to be. If we see things from a purely human point of view, we will be discouraged and defeated. If we see things from God's point of view, recognizing His wonderful character and seeing His hand in all our circumstances, we will know peace, joy, and happiness. In this lesson, we will continue to learn the Christian's secret of a happy (or joyful) life.
To enjoy our Christian life and to enter into all that God has for us, we must take some definite steps (continuing from last week’s lesson):
Point #1 We must believe that all things work together for good to those who love God
Nothing that comes into the life of a Christian is accidental. All that comes to us is ordered or permitted by God. And all things that come to us work together for our eternal good. The Bible says, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28, NKJV).
The reason why all things work together for good to those who love God is that God is sovereign. All things are His servants, and He causes them to serve His children who love Him. We may not see how all things are working together for our eternal good, but we can know it because God says so.
Point #2 We must receive everything from the hand of God
To the trusting child of God, everything comes from the Father's hand, no matter who may have brought it.
You may say, "I can accept a thing if I know that it has come from God, but I cannot accept the things that come to me as the result of somebody's failure, or meanness, or sin. What about these things?" We know that God cannot be the author of such things as meanness or sin; but the Bible teaches that nothing can touch a child of God except God wills it or permits it. And if God wills it or permits it, He does so because He sees that it will ultimately be a blessing to His child.
The Bible says that our life is "hid with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:3). We are surrounded by the very presence of God. Nothing can come to us or touch us except as God permits it. And, if He permits it to come to us, it is because He sees that it is for our good. It may have come from evil men and they may have intended it to be evil to us, but if God permits it to come to us, by the time it reaches us, it will be a blessing.
Take Joseph, for example. Few things could be worse than the action of his brothers in hating him and selling him into slavery. Undoubtedly, this was a terrible sin, and Joseph's brothers meant only evil to him. But God permitted it, and by the time it reached Joseph, it had become God's will for him. It turned out to be the greatest blessing in his whole life, though he did not see it then. In time, Joseph saw God's hand of blessing in the whole matter and he said to his brothers, "You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good." (Genesis 50:20)
Point #3 We must be thankful
In all of God's dealings with us, He is teaching us to trust Him. The proof that we are trusting God in all our circumstances is thankfulness. The Bible says, "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Thessalonians 5:18). What is the Christian's secret of a happy life? In a nutshell, it is this: Seeing God in all our circumstances. Always in this life we have two choices before us. We can choose to "walk by sight" or we can choose to "walk by faith." To walk by sight means that we look at our circumstances and go by what we see. To walk by faith means that we look beyond our circumstances and see God at work behind the scenes.
Faith is not some kind of feeling or emotion. Faith is the choice of my will to believe what God says in His Word. By faith you can believe that God is in every circumstance that comes to you. By faith you can believe that His will is good and perfect and the very best thing for you, regardless of how things may look. By faith you can believe that all things are His "servants." By faith you can thank Him for everything that comes to you. By faith you can say, "I KNOW that all things are working together for my eternal good."