“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”(Romans 8:29)
A high school hired my friend George, an artist, to repaint the school mascot – a yellow jacket – on a football stadium wall. This was a difficult task because the painting was so large that the painter could only see a small portion of it at a time.
George had to stand a distance away in order to see the whole picture and give directions to another painter. If George’s assistant had tried to paint according to his own limited perspective, seeing only a small part of the picture, he could have made a mistake. By following George’s directions, however, he helped create an image that delights school sports fans.
Our life with God is something like George’s view of the wall. As we face life’s challenges, we are not in a position to see the whole picture, neither of the world nor of our own lives. We see only a small portion. If we rely only on our limited perspective, we risk calamity. Instead, we can choose to trust God – the One who sees the whole picture – to direct our efforts. If we do, God can work through us to create something delightful. God sees the big picture for He is working for eternity.
“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.” (Romans 8:28)
We see the “momentary afflictions” but He sees the “heavier weight of glory”. Being outside time He sees the beginning from the end. God’s not worried, nothing takes Him by surprise. And for those in Christ, all things are working together for good. Just like the ingredients to a cake don’t all taste that great when eaten. Take a spoonful of butter, or a spoonful of flour – not too tasty. But when you put all these ingredients together out comes a cake, it creates something beautiful. So to with us, things are working together for good. And that “good” is spoken of in the next verse – “conformed to the image of His Son” Amen.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory “(2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
Karina – knowing Jesus
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