In a variety of ways, the Scriptures tell us over and over again that God is Love. And that’s why this question had come up for me in the first place. Everything Happens for a Reason Ecclesiastes 3:1. However, as happens to so many of us, my beloved wife got distracted by the cares of the world, and forgot. This is one of many bothersome messages that led to me walking out the door amongst attacks from the leadership for standing up for my feelings and my beliefs. And you know, Myth Busters might have been a more accurate title for this series, but we’re into it now and it’s already been published. Now, you could easily say, “God must have intended for you to go to the opera instead of the Melting Pot.” Depending on what you think about an evening at the opera, you could even say that was our punishment for forgetting to make the reservations! In the enduring words of Forrest Gump, “It happens.” And when it does, God’s heart breaks for the evil this world - and we who live in it - are capable of committing. They were my poor choices. Just because something bad is taking place doesn’t mean that it’s happening for a reason, and it especially doesn’t mean that God did it. Take out your sermon notes as we look at and beyond today’s phrase, “Everything happens for a reason.”, However, on Thursday afternoon, two friends of ours called. That's NOT in the Bible! Thanks for this sermon. Pastor Shari - thanks for that! Friends you may have made in the past may no longer be around. What does all this mean? If I chose to believe that everything happens for a reason, including my mom getting sick and dying, then I was forced to make God a monster. Required fields are marked *. My hope is that through this series, we’ll all get plenty of food for thought and see how God works far beyond and far more than just what the world offers. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”‘. And yet, even though God is not the author of these evils, God is at work in those hard places for good purposes. Read Romans 8:28 in both KJV and NIV. Apparently, God cared so much about making sure that we got to the opera that night that God made our friend get sick, just so we could go. Looking back, Joseph realized that the horrible, painful, and inexplicable things he experienced, not least of which was being sold into slavery by his own brothers, were not done by God. Period. Also, (2) the Biblical portrait of God is that God is pure light and holy love; in him there is no darkness, nothing. Moderation In All Things, Is It In the Bible or Not. However, on Thursday afternoon, two friends of ours called. Then, God must have caused our friend to get ill and start vomiting. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the on… 3 A time to kill, and a time to heale: a time to breake downe, and a time to build vp. Simple answers and platitudes don't begin to do justice to the complex world in which we live. The principle of sowing and reaping is all about investment. Praise God for this message! Still, think about the implications of what that’s really saying. He sets the time for birth and the time for death, the time for planting and the time for pulling up, Yet even though God didn’t do it, God can still work in it, and use it, and if there is any good to be found, God will find it. 1 To euery thing there is a season, and a time to euery purpose vnder the heauen. Thank you thank you. One of the primary reasons I am not a Calvinist and do not believe in such predestinings from the hand of God is (1) because I find it impossible to believe that I am more merciful or compassionate than God. Rusty shared how a misunderstanding of this verse has contributed to the belief that everything happens for good. And so, if everything happens for a reason, that’s great for us, but from our friend’s perspective, God is sortof a jerk, and honestly, Ashley would prefer to have her memory instead of stumbling into this good fortune! Fear God … To everything there is a season, and whether you’re in the Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter of life; whether you are in a time of plenty or want; or a time of joy or sorrow; things do happen for a reason and you can trust that God will see you through. We are not going to get to enjoy the fun thing we have planned. Rather, God is found in bonds of friendship and an act of generosity, and in redeeming good out the jaws of brokenness. “Everything Happens for a Reason” Romans 8:28. Someone dies because God has a greater plan. Glad to hear the sermon was a blessing to you. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Context. Open. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Thank you! To say “everything happens for a reason” is not Scriptural. A.J. High quality Bible Verse gifts and merchandise. View Chapter What is a bible verse that explain everything happens for a reason? According to Job 1, it was not God, but the Devil who took away Job’s children, health and wealth. Where was God in it? BESIDES romans 8:28, can anyone find any verses from the bible that prove everything happens for a reason to be a fact? (3) The words “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away,” from the lips of Job. Given the common use of so many of these sayings and the implied theology they represent (which seems absolutely contrary to who God is and how God is revealed in Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience), I felt it's important to untangle these sayings and perhaps give us all the opportunity to say and think something better in their place.This topic is pretty near and dear to me, for reasons that should be abundantly clear to both of us. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good(A)of those who love him, who[a]have been called(B)according to his purpose. The first point that was immediately confirmed in my heart was theological: God did not do this to my baby. There are instances throughout the Bible where He has expressed anger, hurt, joy and, especially, love: 1 John 4:10-11 ... Romans 10:9-10. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. God is not a masochist, deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on God’s self, nor is God a sadist, getting a kick out of the pain of others. God allowed it to happen, but when Job said these words, as the rest of the story shows, he was not yet enlightened about the true nature of where his calamity came from and what God’s will actually was for his life — which was for good, and not for harm. This week, it happened to coincide with Charlotte Restaurant Week, making an exciting list of possibilities for us. One view makes God a monster. People you expected to stick around may have left you and you ask God why. I close with some thoughts on this subject from Dr. Ben Witherington, the Amos Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. "This too shall pass" (Ro... That's NOT in the Bible! Did we want them? In a nutshell, Joseph is the favored of 12 sons of Jacob, who spoils him and causes the other brothers to resent him. I just did a search to find out more about this and your sermon came up. Romans 8:28 Context. These myths or legends are based on false understandings of scripture and they always lead you down the wrong path. 21. “Sometimes a “mistake” can end up being the best decision you ever make.” – Mandy Hale. So everyday I wake up and say “I will trust You today”. Hearing there is food in Egypt, Joseph’s brothers travel there, and that’s where they have an ironic family reunion, realizing that the brother they hated so much they sold him into slavery is now the one who will literally decide where their next meal will come from. Many of them are sorta true, to a point, in the right light, in the right context, but as we’ve seen, they just don’t quite cut it, because God offers us so much more. Your email address will not be published. It’s a verse that has upheld me, personally, many times. “He came that we might have life and have abundantly.” If there are promises I cling to, as I weep for my sweet Christy, it is this promise, not the sorry solace and cold comfort of “God did this but we do not know why.” No. "Everything happens for a reason" (Romans 8:28, Genesis 50:20) We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. Further, saying “everything happens for a reason” is the wrong moral of the story - it places God in the story in the wrong spot. Pulmonary embolisms are a result of human fallenness and the bent nature of this world. Otherwise, all bets are off. but he had gotten ill and they wouldn’t be able to use the tickets. As I stared at my baby in the casket — who did not even resemble herself at that juncture — I was so thankful that the God of the resurrection had a better plan for her than that cold comfort that “It’s all God’s will.” I believe in a God whose Yes to life is louder than death’s No — not because God likes to hold [contradictions] like life and death together in some sort of mysterious unity, but because God is in the trenches with us, fighting the very same evils we fight in this world, like disease, decay, death, suffering, sorrow and sin. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. Many of them are sorta true, to a point, in the right light, in the right context, but as we’ve seen, they just don’t quite cut it, because God offers us so much more. According to Job 1, it was not God, but the Devil who took away Job’s children, health and wealth. We serve an orderly God. Everything does happen for a reason, just not God's reasons. That’s the starting point - the reality that God is Love is the trump card in our understanding of God. Whatsoever You Do to the Least of These You Do Unto Me, And the Lion Shall Lie Down with the Lamb. Thomas is the Founder of Joyful Giving Group, whose mission is to cultivate a culture of generosity. End of story. Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good. God is Love, and God’s will is ever-directed to his children’s good. 22. “Success is not a miracle. Your email address will not be published. Everything we do functions as an investment into our future. Nor is it a matter of luck. Ro) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools Over the last few weeks, we’ve been in a series of messages called Mythbusters. Romans 8:28 German Bible Alphabetical: according all And are been called causes for God good have him his in know love of purpose that the things those to together we who work works NT Letters: Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together (Rom. Everything happens for a reason, good or bad, positive or negative.” – … ILLUS: Someone who believed this kind of thinking once said to Dr. J. Vernon McGee, "I have been studying the Bible, and I believe I am absolutely safe in God's hand. Love is the framework from which God operates. than light and love. With the YouVersion Bible App, you can read, watch, listen, and share on your smartphone or tablet, and online at Bible.com. We said sure, and enjoyed our date night at the opera instead of the Melting Pot and just between us, I got off cheap this week! The phrase “everything happens for a reason,” though common, is not actually found in the Bible. However, God has taken those things in my life and made good come from it, to make it work for His good. Please see link to word document for handout. I made many mistakes when I was young because I was an idiot. No matter how bleak the situation, God can and will work to bring good out of it. We decided well in advance that we would go to the Melting Pot in Huntersville, and Ashley would make the reservations. If there’s one thing I’ve learned to accept, is that people come and people go. My immediate response was that it doesn't say that, but it opened the door for a deeper conversation on how to handle suffering as a Christian and how we view God's role in our lives and the lives of all those living in a fallen world. Additional file: 2009-12-13 Everything happens for a reason (Romans 8) - Alan Yeater.doc Player needs JavaScript and Flash turned on. Through an interesting turn of events that include an encounter with a married woman with a raging libido - a cougar, perhaps, time in prison, and some dream interpretation, Joseph ends up in charge of the affairs of the nation of Egypt - sort of how we might understand a governor in our day. No matter what may come my way. He wrote the following earlier this week, just two weeks after his 32-year-old daughter die, completely unexpectedly, of a pulmonary embolism. My hope is that through this series, we’ll all get plenty of food for thought and see how God works far beyond and far more than just what the world offers. So right on, and what so many people need to hear! 2. Christin - Glad you were able to "join us" in the series, and particularly for this message! They’re bad theology. Romans 8:28 [Full Chapter] 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. When we pray for wisdom, we are to believe that God hears and will answer (1 John 5:15; James 1:5). This has been my message for years. This confirmed for me that God was not the author of calamity, but that God was with us in all of life's calamities.Thanks for being an extended part of my flock! — not because God likes to hold [contradictions] like life and death together in some sort of mysterious unity, but because God is in the trenches with us, fighting the very same evils we fight in this world, like disease, decay, death, suffering, sorrow and sin. is a practiced believer in the power of generosity to transform individual lives, congregations, and entire communities. Everything Happens for a Reason Quotes to inspire you. After what the leaders of this seminar put me through I am desperately seeking God's truth and comfort in my convictions. It's certainly a tough topic to navigate through, but I find it's the base assumption of a lot of really bad theology out there. Even though we can’t enjoy them, someone else still can.”. We worship a God who brings resurrection from crucifixion, who defeats death with new life, who overcomes sin with eternal life. God uses all events in our lives together for good. God is with us! Romans 8:28. Who Is the Author of Evil? In fact, keep your comments PG-rated, but turn to the person next to you and wish them a “Happy Hump Day.”. It is not a quotation from the Bible, although some people think it is. Did we want them? You have made it to the midway point of this sermon series. A.J. “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 God is ALWAYS Love. The other is rooted in the reality that God is Love, an all-powerful healer whose will is ever-directed toward our good. We said sure, and enjoyed our date night at the opera instead of the Melting Pot and just between us, I got off cheap this week! So everyday I wake up and say “I will trust You today”. No, like a good and loving parent, God is weeping right along with us, grieving as we are grieving, hurt by the very things that cause pain to us. God allowed it to happen, but when Job said these words, as the rest of the story shows, he was not yet enlightened about the true nature of where his calamity came from and what God’s will actually was for his life — which was for good, and not for harm. Honestly, I don’t know why we say things like “Everything happens for a reason.” Perhaps it numbs us to the pain that is present in the lives of so many. Within Christianity, there is the concept of cause and effect. Things do happen for a reason. God does not terminate sweet children’s lives with pulmonary embolisms. I removed myself because I felt a lot of the methods they were using were immoral, unethical, and not biblical. In fact many of these things people believe seem perfectly reasonable… almost Biblical. Inspired designs on t-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. Also, (2) the Biblical portrait of God is that God is pure light and holy love; in him there is no darkness, nothing other than light and love. I felt God's love and presence through the concern and care of so many people. Even in the worst we might go through, no matter how much we hurt, God is there with us, loving us with the calm assurance that in life, in death, in life beyond death, we are not alone. Period. Unfortunately, they haven't found a church that teaches what they need to hear - which is what you've written here. I found myself saying "Amen!!" Sometimes, people say that everything happens for a reason (as in "God has a purpose with everything that happens, good or bad"). Bring the beauty and truth of the Bible into everyday life. New Living Translation “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to … We’re focusing in on spiritual myths – we’ve also called them spiritual urban legends. In the midst of relationship problems, illness, death, and disappointment we want to believe that what’s happening to us has great meaning and will ultimately work out for our good. The end of the matter; all has been heard. I'm praying God gently leads them on the right path. Our hope at Bible or Not is that our readers come to know that God is on His throne, that he loves His people, and that He has a plan and purpose for each one of us. Questions like the one from one of your kids are precisely the seeds that prompted this particular sermon, and indeed, the whole series, in the first place.
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