Nearly everyone in our organization had a difficult time working with Gustav. He was born and educated in Germany and continually challenged everyone about any and everything. It was not so much that he thought he was smarter or superior to us, but he relentlessly made everyone think about what they were doing. For him, everything had to have a purpose.
“Why are you doing that?” he would ask. Or “What good will that do?” And, if those questions were not answered to his satisfaction he would ask the ultimate and most difficult question of all, “What’s the purpose of what you are doing?” It was like working with small children who asked endless questions because they did not understand what was going on.
Eventually we came to respect “Gus.” He forced us to be certain that everything we did had a purpose. If not, we were wasting time that would be lost forever.
“The Lord works out everything for His own ends - even the wicked for a day of disaster,” wrote Solomon. Whatever we do and wherever we are is an important part of the plan that God has personally designed for each of us. We must always remember that everything is under God’s control. Whatever is is because God allows it. Even evil things done by evil men fit into His plan and purpose. Their deeds are a result of their choices and God will not allow them to escape His judgment or wrath.
Paul explained it well: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever.”
Prayer: Lord, may we be ever mindful that this is Your world. You indeed are Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 16:4 The Lord works out everything to its proper end— even the wicked for a day of disaster.