Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Eternal Good

- from Christy

 "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 is probably one of the most quoted scriptures in the Bible. It is a promise that God made to Christians, but it is a promise that I believe many Christians misunderstand. God promises that, if we love Him, all things will work together for good, but His promise does not guarantee that we will see the good here on earth. God has a plan for each of our lives. At times, His plan requires us to endure suffering.  That suffering may have to be endured for a lifetime, and we may never know God’s purposes for the pain while we live on this earth. As Christians, we can find comfort in knowing that God’s plan will primarily bring Him glory, and will ultimately be for our eternal good.

Since our boys received their diagnosis of Autism, I have pondered this like never before. Josiah and Jalen have a disorder that will affect them for the rest of their lives. It is a disorder that will also affect our entire family for the rest of our lives. I believe that God is all powerful, and that He can heal our boys. I also believe that God chose our boys and our family to live with this disorder. We experience suffering and pain because of Autism, but that does not mean that we have to live hopeless lives. Our hope is an eternal hope. I think about the day when God will take us to heaven. Our boys will be forever healed, and we will all be singing praises to our Heavenly Father. We will see like never before how good God’s plan truly was. 1Corinthians 13:12, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."

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