February 19, 2021

Bob Maas
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Romans 5:1-4
“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
2 Corinthians 12:7-9

I have experienced many different kinds of negative events in my life from minor conflicts to tragedies. The one thing I have found to be common in all of them is the seed of God’s grace which can turn them into something positive. I am grateful that I can surrender to Him in every situation and know that He is able to work in extraordinary ways to make something good arise from the adversity. One of the greatest obstacles I have to overcome is my own ego. When I take matters into my own hands, I usually make things worse. When I wait on the Lord, I have discovered that if there is something I need to do, He makes that very clear. The difference is that I have peace in my heart in the midst of the process, regardless of how negative the condition is. I pray that the Lord will help me be ever mindful that His is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever.