Posts Tagged ‘Intentional’

God does everything on purpose

December 9, 2017

Romans 8--28

From time to time, instead of the Verse of the Day, our blog entry will feature the Quote of the Day. In this case, we are going to look at this statement from A.W. Tozer, renowned pastor and author.

“Everything God does has purpose and intention behind that design. It is a master design, and every little thing has its proper place and function.”

In reflecting on these comments a number of scriptures come to mind related to the purposes of God.  We are reminded that God is intentional and that He does everything “on purpose.” Solomon declares “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heavens.”

Solomon, in his wisdom, goes on to speak about the purposes of God planted in the heart of humanity who yearn to know and fulfill that purpose. There is a universal yearning to know why am I here and what role do I play in the grand scheme of life.

“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5)

God has a purpose for everyone, and nothing can stop that purpose from being fulfilled:

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).

Job made this discovery: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).

As Christian believers we must recognize that God has saved us and called us to a higher calling:

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace (2 Timothy 1:9).

As believers,

We must arise and strive to reach the place

Where the rivers of understanding flow

And never doubt God’s purpose and His grace.

In thinking about the Quote of the Day, Romans 8:28 also immediately comes to mind:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. [KJV]

Here is the Amplified Bible rendering:

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

Romans 8:28, my favorite verse in the Bible, offers this reminder that because God is good, “We know that all things work together for the good, to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose.” So no matter how bad any situation may appear to be, we know that it will work together for the good.

These lyrics also reinforce the message:

When things in life don’t seem to turn out

Just as we think they should,

We know that God still has a grand plan

And works all things together—

He works all things together for our good.

The comments on the Quote of the Day and the related scriptures are summarized in the song: “Intentional” by Travis Greene.

All things work together for good

March 13, 2017

The Verse of the Day for March 13, 2017 is especially meaningful, in that it has become my favorite verse in the Bible (if I had to choose only one):

Romans 8:28 (NKJV):

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.

Here are two additional translations of my favorite verse:

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. [Amplified Bible]

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. [New Living Translation]

Romans 8:28 also brings to mind a statement that explains how we should respond when we find ourselves in perplexing, painful situations where we by no means desire to be. When we encounter debilitating circumstances designed to side rail us and cause us to give up on God and “throw in the towel,” I recall a stern word of encouragement: “Get a life; get a verse; get over it, and get on with it!”

In actuality I have designated this scripture as my “Life Verse.” According to the Middletown Christian Church, “Life Verses are those words from Scripture that anchor our faith and become touchstones that illuminate, assure, uplift and energize us to live out our faith.”

During such trying times, we ask ourselves, “Why am I here? How did I get here? God, what are you doing? What are you trying to teach me?” We must recognize, however, that God is intentional and does everything on purpose. As for God, His way is perfect. We must remember this as we recall the lyrics to the popular Barbra Streisand song:

Why did the right road take the wrong turn
Why did our heart break, why’d we get burned
Just like the seasons there are reasons for the path we take
There are no mistakes
Just lessons to be learned

One of life’s ultimate lessons is that God is good, and because God is good, “We know that all things work together for the good, to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose.” So no matter how bad any situation may appear to be, we are assured of this one thing: that it will work together for the good.

This often quoted verse is the inspiration for one of Don Moen’s classic praise songs: “All things Work Together”:

Listen to a contemporary version of Travis Greene’s “Intentional” also inspired by Romans 8:28: