An ocean liner was in the midst of a terrible storm while making its way from England to America. The ship was swaying violently from side to side and heaving up and down as the waves washed over the bow.
The captain was trying his best to calm the people and encourage them not to be frightened. Suddenly a lady shouted, “Do something!”
“We’re doing our best,” said the captain calmly, “and we are trusting in the providence of God.”
“Oh my word,” she cried. “Is it that bad?”
The word providence comes from two Latin words. One means “before” and the other means “to see.” When the Christian speaks of “providence” it conveys the message that God knows the outcome of the events in our lives before they happen. Not only that, He knows and understands how those things which we sometimes resent are working to shape us into the person He wants us to be!
Paul said that whatever happens in the life of the Christian happens for the Christian’s best interests. In fact he said that “ 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.” Not that everything that happens to the Christian is good in and of itself. It means that everything that happens is to shape us into the likeness of Christ – and that’s for our good. As we become more and more like Him, He can use us more and more to do the work He has for us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we not only accept the fact that You are at work in our lives, but really believe it is because You love us and want us to be like Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Romans 8:28 For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.