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When we are traveling and encounter a sign that says ‘road work ahead’, we know we are in for a slowdown. That can be frustrating, especially on a long trip. While it can cause us to be delayed for quite a bit of time, it is also a welcome warning. Sometimes you will have to travel over rough roads, come to sudden stops, or even have to travel in the other lane for a while. With these dangers and delays, we can learn to be grateful for the sign that warned us that there was some work going on to make it a better road.
In our lives we encounter some danger zones that are difficult at times. Christians are sometimes baffled at the dangers they have to face. Sadly, sometimes they give up their faith when times get tough.
Merv Rosell was a successful evangelist in the 1940s and 1950s, author and hymn writer and musician. During his influential ministry, he wrote:
God could have kept Daniel out of the lion’s den…He could have kept Paul and Silas out of jail…He could have kept the three Hebrew children out of the fiery furnace…But God has never promised to keep us out of hard places … What He has promised is to go with us through every hard place, and to bring us through victoriously.– Merv Rosell
Every day in our lives we should know that there is a sign that says “God at Work Ahead”. That doesn’t mean that every road will be smooth, but it does mean that He will always be present to help us through. That’s what Paul is talking about in Romans 8:28:
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.
In the ups and downs of our lives, God is at work for those who love him. Hang on to God, even in the roughest of times. He can take every difficult thing that happens in life and use it to our benefit ultimately. Faith is trusting in the darkness that He is bringing the light eventually.
McLellon, Vernon. Thoughts that Shaped the Church. Tyndale, 2000.