Have you ever gone to your refrigerator in search for a stick of butter to eat? You felt the hunger knowing at the inside of your stomach and so you thought, “If I could only get a bite of butter I would be fine.”
Probably not. This is because butter by itself doesn’t taste very good. Neither does flour. Salt. Baking soda. Or most cooking ingredients, actually. Yet when a master gathers them all together and blends them, she mixes them toward an intended purpose. After that, she puts them in the heat of the oven and the scent of a freshly baked cake lures one and all into the kitchen.
An often quoted Scripture is Romans 8:28 where we read, “And 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.”
However, the part of the passage that is most often quoted is simply, “All things work together for good.” The problem is that all things do not work together for good. To only quote half the verse is to miss the whole meaning. The things that work together for good are those things in connection with those people who love God and are called according to His purpose. God has a purpose for you and the first step in discovering it is surrender to that truth.
Only when you are living your life according to His purpose – rather than your own, will He cause all the things in your life to blend together for your good and His glory. Otherwise, the “all” things may still happen to you, they just won’t be intentionally connected and caused to work toward His good for you.
Today, if you feel like you have a butter kind of life, or that you have a flour kind of life, or even a salt kind of life – the first step toward turning that into something savory is surrendering to God’s will and seeking His purpose for you. When you are committed to Him, above all else, He will mix all of the things in your life – the good, bad and the bitter – and turn them into something divine.
Lord, open my eyes to see Your purpose in my life. Help me to surrender anything to You that I have not done so yet and reveal to me the goodness that comes when You merge my life experiences together in order to bring me to my destiny.
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