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In Touch - April 20, 2006

  • 2006 Apr 20

In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Thursday April 20, 2006

Is God in Every Circumstance?

Genesis 50:15-21


The Christian life is to be characterized by a growth process — from spiritual milk to solid food. We are to absorb the elementary truths of our faith and then begin to chew on the “meaty” ones. The question, “Is God in every circumstance?” falls into this latter category because the answer to it conflicts with human thinking. You see, God is in both the triumphs and tragedies of life. He either sends them or permits them to happen.


When we ponder the deeper teachings of Scripture, it’s important to start with the Lord’s character and promises. For example, in meditating on the fact that He does permit some extremely hard times, it is critical to remember: God is good (Psalm 145:8-9) — His purposes are good, as is everything He does; God is sovereign (Psalm 103:19), so there is nothing that is outside of His control; God promises believers that He will work things together for good (Romans 8:28); God keeps His promises (2 Corinthians 1:20). These facts form a filter through which we can seek to understand the Lord’s presence in every situation.


Consider Joseph. Betrayed by his brothers, falsely accused by his employer’s wife, and imprisoned unjustly, he was powerless and, in many ways, forgotten. But he refused to be swayed by circumstances — he grasped the deeper truth that God had orchestrated it all for good.


Whether the Lord sends a trial or permits one, He has said He will use it as part of His plan for our good. Do you believe Him?


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