In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
August 15, 2007 – God is in Control – 1 Corinthians 13:12
It’s 100 percent true that God is good and that He’s in control. But these facts don’t prevent bad things from happening. It’s within the Lord’s power to give everyone a perfect life, but that wouldn’t be in our best interest. Trials and suffering often drive people to God. For those of us who are believers, God uses harsh circumstances to mature our faith and conform us to the image of His Son. Being made perfect and pleasing to our Father is indeed in our best interest.
In His knowledge and wisdom, God may allow disaster and evil to touch our lives so we can grow from the experience. Whether it’s in compassion, trust, or knowledge, growth is good. If we could peek behind the scenes of our life, we’d see the Lord in control and working toward His ultimate purpose for us.
Romans 8:28 affirms this when it says, “We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” On occasion, we see immediate positive results from trials. But other times, we must wait months, years, or even until we reach heaven to fully understand what God was doing in those difficult circumstances.
Suffering and evil are inevitable parts of a fallen world. But we can be sure that God is in control of the universe, including the tiny corner we occupy. When He permits bad things to happen, we can be sure He will continue to provide comfort and guidance. He will shape us into the people He wants us to be.
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