“Is Romans 8:28 Still in the Bible?”

Life is not problem-free. As one of my friends says, “You’re either in a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or about to go into a crisis.” The key to maintaining your balance is perspective. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to ask the right question.

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Years ago, I went to Sam Moore’s office for my weekly one-on-one meeting. He was the CEO of Thomas Nelson at the time and my boss. As I entered the executive suite, I felt my stomach tighten. I had bad news to report, and I was concerned how he might react.

As I entered his office, he greeted me in his usual, upbeat manner. “Michael Hyatt, good to see you, my man. Have a seat.” I tried to smile, hoping his mood would rub off on me. It didn’t.

I didn’t beat around the bush. “Sam, I’m afraid I have some bad news to report.” I then reported how my division had missed its budget for the previous month. This had not happened in well over a year. I was disappointed and, frankly, embarrassed.

I was also fearful. I was afraid how he might respond. Though I knew intellectually, I wouldn’t get fired over one bad month, emotionally I felt that I was in danger. (Funny how the brain works this way.)

He listened carefully. He then leaned back in his chair, paused, and asked, “Mike, is Romans 8:28 still in the Bible?”

This is a verse many people know by heart, perhaps second only to John 3:16. It says,

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.”

Puzzled, I replied, “Yes, sir, it is.”

“That’s what I thought,” he chuckled. “Look, Mike. From time to time, bad things are going to happen. That’s just life. You have to maintain your perspective. God is still in charge. It will turn out okay.”

He was right. It took a while longer than I had hoped, but it worked out.

Max Lucado reminds us, “It all works out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out yet, then it’s not the end.”

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  • Michael Kumpula

    As it is God’s word obviously it is true. But the faith that endures through a crisis needs this perspective from other brothers & sisters in Christ. Also, I am finding that this is an attitude that is not only infectious but downright attracting to those around us. Both believers and non-believers alike. As always thanks for your insights sometimes its as if you & I are having a 1 on 1. :) May God continue to bless you. -Mike

  • http://twitter.com/MacKinnonChris Chris MacKinnon

    Where DON’T we need a little perspective. This is great first thing in the morning, too. Goes well with Lamentations 3:22-23: “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness” (NKJV). Thanks for the reminder. The sun’s up, God’s mercies are new, and He will work it all out in the end.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I love that verse in Lamentations, especially when you consider the historical context. Jerusalem had just been destroyed. Most of the Israelites had been captured and taken into exile. The worst case scenario had happened. And yet, Jeremiah could affirm this. Amazing. Thanks for the reminder!

      • http://www.walkwiththewise.wordpress.com Gail

        One of my all time favourite verses is: “The Lord promised to do many good things for Israel, and He KEPT His promise EVERY time.” Joshua 21 v 45.

        God has to remind me way to often, that if He kept His promises to the Israelites, He will keep His promises to me too :)

        • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

          Thanks for the promise verse, Gail. I take this to my scripture memorization bank.

    • Anonymous

      I needed to be reminded of this scripture! Thanks

  • http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/ Geoff Webb

    If there’s anything all those nights on patrol or sitting in a defensive position taught me it was this: The coldest, darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn. God has faithfully told the sun to “do it again” every morning of my life, so I’m confident he’ll pull me through, no matter how dark my life gets.

    Besides, the darkness is where the story happens, right?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      So true. I have seen many people give up just as they were about to be delivered. The key is to keep hanging on and live one day at a time.

    • http://bentune.blogspot.com/ Ben Tune

      Do you mind if I steal your “Darkness is where the story happens” quote?

      • http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/ Geoff Webb

        Like Mike always says, give me credit the first three times, then take it for your own! Or just steal it now, I don’t mind :)

        • Bruce Munnings

          Hello Geoff. I like your quote. How about “The story may start in the middle of the night but continues after the sun has risen.”

  • http://ichrch.com iCHRCH

    I really appreciate this post given the events of the last few days in New Zealand. Thanks Micheal for the reminder.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am so sorry for your loss in New Zealand. I have watched the news with dismay. May God give you strength to endure and give you joy in the midst of so much loss.

  • http://twitter.com/doughibbard Doug Hibbard

    A little perspective here, there, and everywhere. Personally, in dealing with what the housing market collapse has done and is doing to my family. Generally, in watching the political environment in our country turn nastier and nastier, while other parts of our culture seem to turn the wrong way as well.

    In all these things, a little perspective helps a lot.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      True Doug! Especially from a country like India, where corruption in politics keeps growing everyday. A little perspective really helps me a lot.

  • http://www.healthyspirituality.org Jeanwise

    I really needed to hear this story today. Thank you for the timely reminder!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YWFOPRUNCR3C72QA6PWAUR74GI Blair

    It’s amazing how some words come at just the right time. It seems with all the junk going on these days, we often forget that God is in control. I jumped from a huge college ministry to almost none at all and straight into corporate America. I couldn’t hardly handle it, but slowly I am seeing that no matter what happens, God is with me and he will guide me towards what I need to head towards. God has no obligation to show me why things happen, but I try everyday to see the ultimate goal of each situation I am in. Although I will never truly know, I think it helps me to be closer to Him by trying to see things as He does.

    As usual, thanks for the great words you bring forward. I look forward to every morning to read your inspiring words. Keep it up and God bless!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Blair. I have been there so many times, where I didn’t know why I was going through what I was going through. For me, clarity almost only comes in looking back. Thanks.

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  • http://jeffkclarke.com Jeff Clarke

    I think we always need to maintain a balanced perspective, in both the good and bad episodes of life. Sometimes the bad forces us to re-evaluate and we often focus on eternal realities once again. But we should never allow ourselves to fall back into a posture that causes us to quickly forget that a healthy approach to life, one that maintains an eye on the eternal, is the only way to truly live. In this light, the good, bad and the ugly are framed in the eternal. And, this becomes the lens through which we view all of life. Hence, Paul could say with confidence, “in all things, God works for the good.” Love that.

  • Rhendrickson

    Great point – it is not all about our abilities it is about trusting in God to lead us thru the tough times!

  • Julie Armstrong

    Great post! So true … (but small typo … “Though I new intellectually” – *knew*) .. thanks for this reminder! Love the quote from Lucado …

    –Julie

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for catching that typo. I always have a tough time catching the wrong word, spelled correctly!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FJRLITL5IEFHDDFURAESLXOOZ4 Jim Whitaker

    Thanks for the post Michael. I know that I went through a phase where I thought I could do anything on my own and it seemed like I was able to do it too. It was not till I had some very significant set backs in my life that I was reminded that control is not something I have. God is in control, but God has given me the ability to drive the car a little bit, but I have to remember that God has the roadmap and I do not. Thanks for the encouragement and reminder that we can get through the difficult times.

  • http://joyfulmothering.net Christin

    So true and interestingly enough, my husband and I (youth Pastor and leader in our church) are talking about perspective with our students. It’s amazing what a shift in perspective will do for a person. Thank you, Mr. Hyatt.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Andy Andrews’ book, The Noticer, is a wonderful book on perspective. It was a New York Times bestseller and well worth reading.

      • http://joyfulmothering.net Christin

        Oh thank you for that recommendation. I will certainly look into it!

        In Him,
        Christin
        Blog: Joyful Mothering ~ Faith. Laughter. Life.
        Twitter: @joyfulmothering

  • http://bethridgeway.posterous.com Beth Ridgeway

    Sometimes the perspective we receive isn’t the perspective that’s intended. Carefully reread the fourth paragraph after the photograph, starting with, “I was also fearful”.

    In our tendency to place people on a pedestal based on the stature of their employment or the size of their spiritual gift, we sometimes forget that we’re all human and all equally as likely to be imperfect….thus all equal in our need for grace.

    Thanks for the unintentional reminder. It all worked out for good.

  • http://bentune.blogspot.com/ Ben Tune

    I was talking to one of the partners last night about our human tendency to over think our mistakes. When something bad happens, we focus on that instead of the great promises God has for us. If we can grasp the depth of God’s love for us and trust He is sovereign over all the events in our life – good and bad – we will have much more peace in our lives.

  • Pastornash

    I needed to hear that today. Thanks!

  • KC

    This week has been a crazy week for me and it’s only Wednesday morning as I am typing this! I have lost perspective a few times and had stop and run my situation through the grid of scripture. A close friend had to “talk me off the ledge” from walking away from ministry. Your post is so true, your brain plays funny tricks on you and we need friends and the bible to help us maintain perspective! Thanks for the post.

    – KC

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thank God you have a close friend to help. My wife is usually that one who talks me off the ledge.

  • KP

    I am sitting in a parking lot across from a customer’s office this morning knowing that this is going to be a tough meeting. As I was driving over to the meeting location this morning, I was thinking of this very verse. Thanks for reinforcing it today with your comments & more importantly the gentle reminder that I need to place things into perspective!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I love seeing this kind of timing. It is reminder that God notices our plight!

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    I think perspective comes a little easier with age. The older I get the more history I have to relate to. When I think back to some of the tough times or when things didn’t go my way and look at them now, I can see God’s handiwork clearly. Mistakes and bad choices are the great teachers in life. The secret is to seek the Lord’s guidance and learn from them. It’s just so hard to do when you’re in the middle of a storm.

    That’s what is so good about your blog, Michael. There is a LOT of perspective to be found in your posts and comments. Thanks for sharing from the heart. And thanks for reminding me that Romans 8:28 is still in the Bible.

    • Karl Mealor

      I think perspective also comes a little easier with experience. One of the reasons Michael’s former boss was so laid back about the bad month is that he had experience with similar bad months on in the past. Michael now probably has a similar outlook due to his experience.

      Thanks, Michael for this verse today. As many others have said, it seemed to come at a good time.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John. I find that age helps, too, though I still need a reminder now and then.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      John! I agree with you when you say “I think perspective comes a little easier with age.”
      It’s true. Experience many times brings maturity.

  • Anonymous

    Many times we forget that GOD is in charge. This post helped me with a struggle that I was having. Thanks for the post, it really help to put things in perspective for me. It will all work out in the end.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I had another mentor who occasionally reminded me, “God is still on the throne. He hasn’t gone on vacation.”

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      I struggle with the exact same thing, remembering that God is in control of it all.

  • http://twitter.com/wizardprang Wizard Prang

    Where do I find a boss like that? :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      They are rare, that is for sure.

    • http://www.walkwiththewise.wordpress.com Gail

      Maybe we should try and BE a boss like that…

  • Anonymous

    Marriage. As I have watched the deconstruction of this institution in our culture, I am fairly consistently digging for perspective on the truth about myself and others from God’s point of view. The ultimate question relating to all this is can I trust God with something so permanent. Out of that question grows a hunger for perception on who God truly is. I find this quest quite suitable for my unending craving for adventure and discovery. He is SUCH the Drama King!:) Happy HOPE-FILLED day to all you perspective seekers (Rom. 15:13) !

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I like your phrase, “Drama King.” It’s a privilege to have a role in the Story He is telling!

  • http://twitter.com/ThatGuyKC K.C. Pro

    Wow. Thank you for the reminder.
    Glad you had such a great boss.

  • http://twitter.com/ThatGuyKC K.C. Pro

    I need a little perspective when it comes to my career path. I’m getting an MBA while working full time to support my family. I have goals (e.g., owning a home, saving for the future, being debt-free) that I am anxious to accomplish while wanting to work in a job that is fulfilling.

    God is in control.

  • http://twitter.com/ds_heck David

    I needed this today, thank you Michael

  • http://sheilahollinghead.blogspot.com Sheila

    This is from my blog, http://sheilahollinghead.blogspot.com:

    I found a transcript of an interview Paul Bradshaw did with Rick Warren, the author of The Purpose Driven Life. Listen to some of Warren’s words:

    “Life is a series of problems. Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one. The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort. God is more interested in making you life holy than he is in making your life happy.”

    Very similar to the words of your friend!

    And if we all remembered all things work together for good, we would all worry a lot less. I needed to hear this. Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Rick Warren is spot-on with his comments about our character and our comfort. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Rick Warren is spot-on with his comments about our character and our comfort. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

      We have recently been using this concept with our oldest son and allowing him to experience a little more ‘discomfort’. He does not like the difficulties and has the perspective that we, his parents, are just being mean to him. We keep telling him that we are more interested in his character than his current comfort.

  • David Aubrey

    Thanks for this very timely reminder Mike, I needed to read this.

  • http://www.kidmin360.com Greg Baird

    Love that verse, but I don’t think we can cite it without verse 29, which is the “good” talked of in verse 28. Too often we think “good” means “what I’m hoping for”. In reality, verse 29 tells us that the “good” is to become like Christ. Our challenging circumstances are all designed to help us conform more to the image of Christ. We’ve had an incredibly challenging couple of years and these verses have been a great reminder and great teaching source with our two teenage sons.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      That’s a great point, Greg. Here are the two verses together: “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. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

  • http://pennyshire.wordpress.com Reflectionsbypj

    Thank you for this reminder. Great read and so full of truth! It’s one of those verses that I must remind myself of daily – so it seems – just as I have to remind myself that daily I must pick up my cross (Luke 9:23).

  • Anonymous

    I need perspective in a situation at work. It’s not a crisis, but I do feel unfairly treated. I normally confront these kinds of situations, but because of the people involved I know that will have negative consequences. Wisdom is telling me to keep my mouth shut and trust God. I’ve been pondering Is 54:17 a lot over the past 2 weeks. But this post gives me another focus. Thanks for posting!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You’ve probably seen my post on “The Number One Way Leaders Get Derailed.” I also spoke on this topic at Liberty University on Monday. The talk is only 32 minutes long. I basically just preach at myself and hope it helps someone else along the way!

      • Anonymous

        I have read that and I found it convicting. But there are times I feel like boundaries are cross, so when do you stand up for yourself?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I have taught on that, but I need to write on it. There are definitely times. I’ll try to get to this soon.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I have taught on that, but I need to write on it. There are definitely times. I’ll try to get to this soon.

          • Anonymous

            I’m going to hold you to this! YEAH!

  • http://refreshmentrefuge.blogspot.com/ Gina Burgess

    I love this reminder. It just shows how we beat ourselves up when we are supposed to be leaning on Him to shoulder the load. Jesus promised, so why is it so hard to let Him? Sigh…

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  • Mollianne Buster Massey

    Wow! Thank you so much for that wonderful reminder of God’s truths!

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Sometimes, one feels like he goes around the same mountain over and over and over again!!! One may not consider himself a people-pleaser; yet, he can feel that he do need to have wins, and do fall prey to caring too much what others think. Carrying the weight of expectations can be exhausting. But, it’s so much easier when we remind ourselves that God is our strong tower; our provider. And that He has a plan for us.

    I am reminded of the promise from Jeremiah 29:11 – “ ’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ”

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      I keep that verse printed and tacked to the wall in my office for just this very reason!

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        Good Jeff! We many times fail to realize the gift that we are children of God and His royal heir. Reminders do help us.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Jeremiah 29:11 is another GREAT verse. Thanks.

  • http://www.dadlife.net kevin

    Good stuff, Michael. Definitely needed to hear those words today.

  • Anonymous

    A friend and mentor of mine, Father Gordon, says to “believe your beliefs, and doubt your doubts. Most people doubt their beliefs and believe their doubts.”
    I thought I was going to be homeless. I was living in my car at a truck stop in Franklin, TN. My gas tank was half empty (yes, I know) and I had no money or work lined up. When I woke that morning, I prayed. “God, you said you take care of the lilies in the field and feed the birds and you will take care of me. Well, now is a good time for you to take care of me, because I can see no way out of this”. I did have $3, which allowed me to use the Brentwood Recreation Center to workout and shower. When I left, a lady that worked there gave me $5, a bag of pretzels, and orange juice, and a yogurt. I went to my car and cried, because to me, that was God showing me he cared for me.

    When I remember that time, my perspective changes.

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      “believe your beliefs, and doubt your doubts. Most people doubt their beliefs and believe their doubts.” What a great quote! Thanks for sharing.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Father Gordon is a dear friend and mentor to me, too. I have known him now for 27 years! He is one of the most godly men I know.

      • Anonymous

        Wow! For about a year I was involved in a Saturday morning Men’s Bible study with Father Gordon (about 6 years ago). It changed my life; his presence, understanding, knowledge and experience. I took notes on what he said and still read over them sometimes and think. I love the book, (forgot the title and gave my copy away) about him and several others, (Becoming Orthodox, perhaps) on finding the Orthodox religion, and have often thought a book on Father Gordon and what he taught would be extremely useful.

  • Etta Wilson

    A great tribute to Sam and his awareness of God’s Word. Thanks for sharing.
    Etta

  • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

    It seems like there are times where we have to go through a difficult thing in order to be where God wants us to be. I have had a couple of significant things ‘removed’ from my life – things that I loved doing and wanted to do the rest of my life – so that I would be available and in the right place for what God had next for me. It was rough at the time; but, I see now how it took the pain for me to let go and let God do what was best.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Where do I need some perspective? Mostly in my finances right now. We just had our fifth kid and are working to pay off some debt that we incurred a few years ago. Things are tight. Not unreasonably so, but still tight. It’s sometimes hard to remember that God is stil in control when things seems so stressful. Thanks for the reminder!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I remember those days well. At one time, we had five children under the ages of 10. We lived week to week. I sometimes wondered if we would make it. It got pretty dark. Thankfully, God saw us through. Hang in there.

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        Thanks for the encouragement! Our oldest is 11, so that’s pretty similar. Thankfully, God provides in many ways. Tax return season is upon us! ;)

  • http://familysynergy.wordpress.com JD Eddins

    I have needed the same perspective at work. I have led us to the purchase of software for electronic medical records that has started out great but is now experiencing some major problems. It’s a situation that will get resolved, but is difficult to see the light at the current moment.

  • http://familysynergy.wordpress.com JD Eddins

    I have needed the same perspective at work. I have led us to the purchase of software for electronic medical records that has started out great but is now experiencing some major problems. It’s a situation that will get resolved, but is difficult to see the light at the current moment.

  • Tamara Gonzales

    Amazing words to hear right now… We r facing foreclosure, my husband lost his job a yr ago, still trying for modification, dealing w/ ac/heating leak that has caused mold waist high in the wall, my husband will be leaving to go to school for training in a month, annnd I’m pregnant w/ our 4th (a blessed surprise from God). I’m in a bit of uncertainty as soon my husband will be away and I will b further in our pregnancy and possibly dealing w/ foreclosure/possible moving by myself and 3 kids 10,5,and 3….please keep us in your prayers: Rolly and Tamara Gonzales….thank you and God Bless!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m praying for you now. WIth God all things are possible. Just don’t lose heart!

      • Myluv051005

        Ty Michael…God has been visible throughout all of our obsticles…I thank Him for that. :)

  • Tamara Gonzales

    Amazing words to hear right now… We r facing foreclosure, my husband lost his job a yr ago, still trying for modification, dealing w/ ac/heating leak that has caused mold waist high in the wall, my husband will be leaving to go to school for training in a month, annnd I’m pregnant w/ our 4th (a blessed surprise from God). I’m in a bit of uncertainty as soon my husband will be away and I will b further in our pregnancy and possibly dealing w/ foreclosure/possible moving by myself and 3 kids 10,5,and 3….please keep us in your prayers: Rolly and Tamara Gonzales….thank you and God Bless!

  • Maureenrank

    Thank you for the reminder, and for positioning yourself as in need of this advice. Senior leaders so rarely admit being afraid of giving bad reports. You give others courage with this authenticity.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I still struggle with fear. It is my besetting sin.

      • http://twitter.com/katakize katherine prokop

        That is a phrase I haven’t heard in quite some time, “my besetting sin.”

        Pondering mine.

  • http://www.mhandy1.tumblr.com Mike Handy

    Nice it is so easy to forget that the end of the story is already written, we know how it ends. Thanks for the reminder today!

  • http://twitter.com/obihaive Joseph Sanchez

    I’ve been working as a bi-vocational church planter for several years now and feel like I don’t have anything to show for it. There’s no church, no believers or recent converts (though we’ve shared the Gospel many times) and many times I feel like a failure. Romans 8:28 reminds me that despite my present circumstances God is in control and will use this experience for good. And His idea of good is a heck of a lot better than my idea of good. We haven’t reached the end of what He has planned for us yet. And when we do, I’m sure it’s gonna work out fine… Thanks for the post!

  • Daphne

    Perspective is needed in all parts of life. If I had to pick an area that relates only to me then it would have to be the future. A little perspective on if the path I follow and refuse to leave is really a path at all or am I forging my own way? Yeah, I could use a little perspective on that.

  • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

    Powerful reminder, Mike. God is not nervous. He’s not wringing his hands or furrowing his brow. He is in perfect control.
    “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” – Philippians 4:6

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      That is another great verse. I like it because of the command not to worry, but also the specific things we are to do instead.

      • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

        True. Following up a negative command with a positive one- something every
        leader should learn.

  • http://raitheoshow.com Matt Raithel

    Perfect timing for this post Michael. Thanks for passing it along.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely in need of this today. Thank you.

  • http://onechristianssharing.blogspot.com Jim Foster

    The verse, Rom. 8:28, has been a source of comfort and strength since I was a child. I’m pushing 70 now, so it has remained true for me for a long time. I appreciate your use of it here in a job environment although it works in every way, every day. Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It does work in every way. I think it might be my “life verse.”

  • http://www.adamstauffer.com Staufferadam

    It’s so easy to lose perspective in life so thanks for the encouragement!

  • http://www.thepoint-leah.blogspot.com Leah Adams

    Isn’t it interesting how Satan discourages and dismays us by twisting reality and blowing things out of proportion?? Romans 8:28 does not say that only good things work together for our good, but rather all things work together for our good.

    There is a quote that I have kept on my fridge for many years that has encouraged me no end in this regard. It is by Alan Redpath and it says:

    “There is nothing–no circumstance, no trouble, no testing–that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment. But as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him, and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart–no sorrow will ever disturb me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will cause me to fret, and I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is. That is the rest of victory.”

    That’ll preach!!!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      That is an excellent quote from Alan Redpath. I am also reminded of Joseph’s story. Sold into slavery by his brothers. Falsely accused by the wife of a high-ranking Egyptian official, unjustly condemned to prison, and yet he could say to his abusive brothers, “You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” (Genesis 50:19).

      • http://www.thepoint-leah.blogspot.com Leah Adams

        Absolutely! Awesome verse to remember in the days in which we live when so much seems to be evil.

    • Anonymous

      That will preach indeed!

  • Chandra Hester

    Thanks for this post. My life is based on this scripture. It keeps me from worry, holding any grudges, knowing God is in control. He turns all the bad for my good and His glory.

  • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

    Great quote from Max Lucado at the end!

  • Nathan Anderson

    Tks. Needed that today.

  • http://www.co-lead.org Tcmcgeejr

    Having survived a major heart attack and debilitating wreck in the last 2 years… I’ve had plenty of time to think on this one. Back when I was leading conferences, I used to ask the audience, “How many of you want to be like Christ?” Most hands went up. I would then read Isaiah 53 and ask again for a show of hands. Romans 8 is about being conformed to the image of Christ. To think we can get there without suffering borders on a break with reality. If your goal is to be like Christ, all things do indeed work together for God because we are in perfect alignment with God’s goal for us.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Amen to that. That is indeed the goal, not our comfort.

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisVonada chris vonada

    Michael,

    Romans 8:28 goes right to the heart of knowing God to me, that bad things ARE going to happen and that these experiences, challenges or GIFTS are at the core of our growth into the image of Jesus. When we “get this” we can live a life of unwavering faith, and receive the blessings that God wants so very dearly to bestow on us. Thanks for sharing this!

    Chris

  • Anonymous

    I recently learned from a great friend, @jenniferowhite, that we are not enough. It changed my perspective regarding trying to do everything myself. I am not enough, but God is. Ephesians 3:20 is still in the Bible too, and I have to remember that He will do the work through me. Thank God I’m not enough, but He is. I’m a mess without Him.

  • Angie

    Last night, before we turned out the light, I confessed to my husband that I feared for our world. With the tragic earthquake in New Zealand, Australia recovering from the fires and floods, the troubles in the Middle East, the two cruising couples being killed, and the list goes on – and it seems as if our world has tipped on its axis. Your reminder couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you. When things happen that are not of my choosing or my actions, I also remind myself that it “rains on the rich and the poor”, and sometimes it isn’t me, it is “just life”, and don’t dwell on the “why me’s”, but realize that we all have days and it isn’t so much that we have them, but HOW we live through them that makes the difference in our perspective.

  • http://www.confessionsofalegalist.com Jeremy Statton

    Trusting God (or not trusting) is like all other issues. God is more interested in our hearts than our actions. We may still be trembling or tearful, but do we trust him deep down inside?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Michael…great reminder today.

  • http://www.theskepticalhealer.com Katherineconnon

    It takes prison to make us appreciate freedom, the prison of fear can be debilitating. We would not appreciate light without the darkness. We only see a tiny piece of the jigsaw that is our life journey. God sees the whole perfect picture. All the pieces fit exactly, even those odd shaped pieces we think do not belong. x

  • http://www.thehahnhuntinglodge.com Nikki Hahn

    I have high expectations of people. Sometimes, it’s unrealistic and I get hurt when they do or say things that I wouldn’t do or say. I have to keep in perspective that people are people and sometimes I may not live up their expectations. It’s a vicious cycle.

  • http://twitter.com/DanielBecerra Daniel Becerra

    I love Lucado’s quote at the end :) if it hasn’t worked out yet, it’s not the end.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I love that one too. I find myself repeating it often.

  • http://twitter.com/maddencorner A.Tatum

    Great article! We have to remember it is a marathon and not a race. I went to Iraq two years ago and my pastor reminded me the same God here is the same God there and you have nothing to fear. His plan is always perfect.

  • Anonymous

    So many times we want to be in control of our lives. But, it’s not all about us. And, the best way for life to be lived in with Christ living through you. So many times when I get worried, concerned, whatever, it is because I have taken my eyes, my focus off the One Who wants to live His life through me. When I am allowing Him to live through me, then everything will work out in HIS will and in HIS timing.

    He loves us so, we just need to trust Him.

    Sheryl

  • http://twitter.com/manyhatsmommyMI Jenny Herman

    This is such a wonderful reminder on a day I had to go to court and deal with a situation out of my control. For a recovering worrier like me, I actually have done fairly well. I know there is nothing I can do. The old ways do try to sneak in, though. I love this post, and I think I just may have to link back to it in a post of my own! Thank you for sharing this story.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    Romans 8:28 appears to be our government’s official policy in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the end, it’s all gonna work out. President Bush was definitely a Roman.

  • http://www.christopherscottblog.typepad.com/ Christopher Scott

    Great post, Michael.

    I need a little perspective with my working structure. Times are tough where I’m at. Being at the bottom I do my best to serve and lead up, but at times it doesn’t feel like I make a difference, but I still do my best.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • http://angelacgifford.blogspot.com Angela Gifford

    Thanks for that reminder. I love that quote by Max Lucado. It has taken a jog through my mind many times the last few months.

  • http://www.junkyardwisdom.com Roy

    I like your boss. Mine would’ve quoted Proverbs 14:23. Then again, my boss was my father!

  • Dale

    Actually, I think that I need more than *a little* perspective.

    This past Saturday, a colleague of my age died. Very expectedly. Very suddenly. As pastors, we deal daily with mortality, and, by God’s grace, live resurrection. It is startling to rediscover my sensitivity to the infinite, and my embarrassment to learn how numb I’ve become to the temptation that the now is all-consuming.

  • Dale

    This week, I need more than a little perspective.

    Saturday, a colleague of my age died. Unexpectedly. Suddenly. As pastors, we deal daily with the realities of mortality; and, by God’s grace, live resurrection daily, too.

    Still, it’s been a bit unsettling to discover how my tasking has taken me from the infinite, and embarrassing to learn how I succumbed to the the temptation of thinking that ‘now’ is all-consuming.

  • http://www.cdenning.com Chris Denning

    This has been a verse that I’ve held on to, as most do, during a really tough time in life. Its times like these that I’m thankful that you write, Michael. I needed to be reminded of this today, so thanks.

  • http://www.walkwiththewise.wordpress.com Gail

    I like what you said about emotions giving you fear when your head knew that there really was no danger. This happens so often in life!

    Thanks for sharing a wonderful attitude that we should all adopt.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Seth Godin calls this “the lizard brain.” I don’t agree with his evolutionary premise, but wherever it comes from, I think it is a reality!

  • http://twitter.com/CoachDanFoster Dan Foster

    Thanks Michael. Needed this post today. Romans 8 is one of my favorite chapters in the whole Bible, with 38 and 39 summing everything up so wonderfully.

  • Scott

    Thanks Michael! I needed that encouragement today.

  • http://twitter.com/mdmaurer MaDonna Maurer

    Needed this refreshing verse today. The end is not here yet, but it will come.
    We are in the middle of transition. My husband has been a principal for missionary schools for the past 12 years. This is his last year. God is leading him into other Christian work, which is so very exciting. But, there are still quite a few unknowns that sometimes unnerve me, putting me in the crisis feeling. But, reminding myself that God will work it out in the end gives me a peace of mind.

  • Brenda

    Accepting what I consider “bad” as part of God’s plan for me teaches me new perspective. Sometimes I picture our Father smiling as He reveals the good He brings out of my circumstances, and I get a rush of embarrassment for worrying. I am learning the deeper meaning of Romans 5:3-4 “And not only so, we glory in tribulation knowing tribulation worketh patience, patience experience, and experience hope.”

  • http://www.bensayin.com Ben Nunes

    Love that quote from Lucado, definitely a great quote and verse when pursuing new dreams.

  • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

    Thanks for always being able to bring it back to what matters most.

  • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com Patricia Zell

    The power of God working good out of evil (trouble) goes much further than what many of us have understood. I encourage us to think about Genesis 1 where darkness covered the surface of the deep–darkness equals the absence of God, otherwise known as evil. When God spoke “Let there be light,” He was saying “I am here!” As He proceeded through the Creation process, He deemed everything that came into existence as being good. So, He created good in the place of evil. We could say that God’s trademark is turning evil into good. And, in the end, good will defeat the kingdom of evil.

  • http://peterpollock.com Peter P

    Interesting perspective for a business man.

    I’m intrigued as to how that idea works in the long term. I wonder, would he say the same thing if you missed budget every month for a year? for five years? for ten?

    How to lead and how to do business biblically is something I’m very interested in!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think He would say God is always working all things together for good, even my exit from the company! Seriously, the measure of God’s activity in our life is not whether the near-term outcome is good or bad. By faith, we must affirm that he is always at work, even in the bad things, to accomplish our ultimate good. (Hope that makes sense.)

      • TNeal

        Just today I had an interesting conversation with a Christian friend who’s a Wisconsin teacher. He talked about losing a sizable chunk of his income if our governor’s bill passes. I told him that the teachers are just experiencing what many of us experienced three or four years ago. I’ve been without a regular paycheck for almost 4 years now. The first 3-1/2 years I worried how my wife and I would make it. The last six months I’ve finally understood how firmly God is in control.

  • Ralph Stoever

    I am not a Bible person (though I respect it, have one at arms length and read from it now and then), not even a ‘true’ Christian but this does speak to me on more than one level. God-speed to you Michael may you encounter many more such wise men – in fact: it is not the end, just the beginning!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Ralph. It is my prayer that my words have relevance for all truth-seekers, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey.

  • Wes Bleed

    I think it’s very possible that Romans 8:28 means not only that God is weaving together our personal circumstances for our own good, but that he is weaving them together for someone else’s good, and that we might never even know it. In other words, what we see as bad news in our own lives might just create the good news for someone else.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      So true, Wes. I think you are spot-on with this comment.

  • Dave Cooke

    Great story. Thanks for sharing. Once a client shared his insight to my partner who was reluctant to present what he felt was “bad news.” The client said, “new is news. Whether it is bad news or good news is to be defined by the recipient, not the sender. Your job is to simply give me the news.” It is all a matter of perspective.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      That is a beautiful perspective. I’m going to use it!

  • http://twitter.com/Susan_Wilkinson Susan Wilkinson

    “It took a while longer than I had hoped…”

    That’s the Romans 8:29 part. :)

  • http://davidwillisblog.com/ David Willis

    Thank you for sharing this. I needed this today.

  • Barb

    At work, at home, when lfe is all aswirl. THX fo God persPective, ever bigger than mine.

  • http://ecrosstexas.com ecrosstexas

    God is in control and thanks be to God that he is. There is a more to Romans 8:28 than just things working out OK for us. Paul is teaching us that God wants to conform us to Christ. That’s the key. The “bad” that happens, may not get better. What will you say if it doesn’t? http://www.ecrosstexas.com/blog/2011/even-if-he-doesnt

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      This is a great point. Like Job said, “though He slay me, yet will I trust him.” Not everything resolves in this life.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      This is a great point. Like Job said, “though He slay me, yet will I trust him.” Not everything resolves in this life.

      • http://ecrosstexas.com ecrosstexas

        Amen.

  • http://tkalliance.wordpress.com Jason Carter

    Rom. 8:28 is (one of) the most abused texts in the Bible; this time, though, what an encouragement!

  • TNeal

    Currently I’m not in crisis (denial maybe but crisis…?) so you’re opening remarks warn of my own impending doom. Actually my wife and I have had our share of crises over the years. This month’s crisis dealt with the decision to put down our ten-year-old cancer-ridden dog. Jesus made a promise I often repeat to myself and others. “In this world you will have trouble…” Thankfully He also said, “But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

    Thank you for the reminder that God remains seated firmly on His throne.

  • Aaron

    Great post, Michael! I have a feeling that this is divine timing for many people. It is so easy to get overwhelmed in our culture. One of my personal interpretations of this scripture is that God can and does work with my stupidity. Thanks for being transparent! Thanks for the reminder!

    Aaron

  • Karim

    This verse was one of the first to attract my attention 16 years ago as I started my journey from Islam to Christianity.

  • http://twitter.com/Ron_Lane Ron Lane

    This is a good reminder for us to have faith in God and he will take care of us.

  • M_anonymous

    i went to the doctor with a cough and came out with pneumonia, 190/150 BP, and two scripts. I’m a heavy drinker and i want one more script(ure) to restore my faith. i always think to myself i have time, i have time… but I’m scared i’m running out and i don’t want left behind.

  • http://twitter.com/manyhatsmommyMI Jenny Herman

    Last night I was starting out on an 1 1/2 hr. drive to go do a jewelry party and earn money. About 15 minutes into the drive, a strange noise started in our car. Our car that we’ve had for only 3 months because our other single car died in November. The short version is, this one died, too.

    I made it safely home. Last night and today I’ve been thinking about this post and Max Lucado’s quote. Endurance is hard. But, “if it hasn’t worked out yet, it’s not done.” (or close to that, sorry Mr. Lucado). I am so thankful God has given me faith to believe Him, or I would be going crazy!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Me, too!

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  • http://passionsforthesoul.typepad.com/vicki Vicki Small

    I read this post the day you put it up, and the timing couldn’t have been better…unless it had just come out today. Our once wildly-flourishing business continues to teeter on the edge, trying to hang on until the economy stabilizes and we gain some ground. My 93-year-old mom wants more than anything to join her two babies who died in infancy, and her parents and siblings, in heaven; meanwhile, her care is costing us what little money we have invested, including my pittance of an IRA. This post helped, when I read it, and for days afterward, when I started to get down, I asked myself: “Has it all worked out, yet?” and replied, “No? Then it isn’t the end.” I’m going to read it again.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Mr. Hyatt, James Pinnick here from Arizona, upcoming author of a grief memoir book completed recently.

    Love the blog! My wife went to Heaven back on March 30, 2009. Your blog post above really just hit me. It took 3 times to read it actually. Thanks for the prospective as I sit at Paradise Bakery of all places. Its crazy how life right now for you and me, even though age difference and life experiences are different, and on opposite sides of the country…We can still relate it all back to Jesus and his Word. Love it. I started a blog two months ago at jamespinnick.com. I’m hoping I can have as much impact on this world as you and my wife someday.

    Have a great weekend.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thank you, James. I appreciate your kind words. I am also sorry for your loss. It’s nice to know that God has a big reunion planned for His loved ones!

  • http://twitter.com/slumbersixcon Joe Lalonde

    Thanks for the encouragement of this blog! I tend to get nervous around the bosses and those above me. I need to keep in mind that “all things work together for good…” Thanks for giving me that check today!

  • http://www.walkwiththewise.wordpress.com Gail

    Very true. This is why we have to rely on God’s Word so much. Our feelings and thoughts change and can send us drifting off in any which way, but God’s Word stands true.

  • http://twitter.com/antalyaproperty Turkey Villa

    This was interesting to me. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

  • http://www.asweabide.com Joani wilson

    I have been holding to this promise as well as many other similar ones. Our 24 year old son recently moved back in with us to get his life back on track. It has been a difficult battle. He is facing some things in his life that are making our lives stressed. I keep before me that God is in control and all of this has a mighty purpose that we cannot yet see.
    I am new to your site and I enjoyed it. Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/dbonleadership Dan

    I really enjoy the first quote. It is so true. Everything works out even when it does not seem that way.

  • http://allanwhite.net/ allanwhite

    There is a wonderful leadership lesson here: grace inspires loyalty.

    Of course, some may take advantage of that. Others may not reward grace with loyalty.

    The times it’s been shown to me by my managers or clients, when I least deserved it, are stamped in my memory. They remind me that that person deserves some respect and loyalty.

  • Pjwilliams49

    I need perspective right now on my life and being fired from my job. I made a mistake in judgement and that caused me to be fired. I know tht God is in control of all things. However there is a certain amount of discomfort while i contine to walk. Give me perspective Father.

  • Edward

    I felt affirmed by your post and, in turn, wish to share my own devotional for the same passage (perhaps too long for this forum):

    Motoring along a straightaway and suddenly the steering shudders and the car shimmies. Slowing to a stop, eyes sweep side-to-side and skyward, searching for a reason. The road is clear. The sky is clear. Walking the perimeter, I find chewed remains… ah, a blow-out. Unrecognizable now — how was that shred of rubber ever a tire?

    Question ferments into doubt. The other tires look okay. Are they?

    Loosening lug nuts, hoisting the spare to the ground, and fixing the jack in its niche push doubt aside until…. Until I am in shirt tails, sweat-soaked with thick smudged blackness. Why aren’t tires concrete and roads made of rubber?

    With the spare securely bolted, focus returns to break this road-side camp. Tossing the iron and jack and the old lump of tire in the back, I carefully wipe the grease from my hands. Patting empty pockets, I turn to sifting through a mess of tools. No keys. I search the ground and, again, walk the perimeter. Nothing. I look under the car and on top. More laps around the car and I find the keys, of course, in the ignition.

    I sink into the driver’s seat and turn the ignition. Nothing. I am all coolness now. I try again.
    Hours later, the mechanic tallies the bill and I assess the damage. I have a new tire, a new battery, and no good explanation. The battery? “Just it’s time to go.” And “oh,” the mechanic says, “the other three tires are good.”

    I doubt that.

    Catastrophes, small and large, will do that — undermine your trust in the way you’ve always done things, in the way the world turns, in other people, in yourself…, or in God.

    Suffer a betrayal or other wrenching loss, and it’s hard not to see the world or yourself differently.

    Helen is surely an angel. I met her while in the depths of heavy grief; she listened and was a friend. That’s it; she offered no elaborate explanations or advice or counsel. Nothing fancy — she was a friend. Not a fixer, not parental — just a friend. She did not try to make everything “make sense.” I cannot recall most of our words to one another. I just remember, gratefully, her presence.

    Helen ministers to others by attending their grief, but really, in the end, she’s nurturing a new beginning. She may have a knack or a special talent but really it’s her faith. She lives this gospel everyday: in helping others, listen — but then make way for the Holy Spirit.
    Often the grief-stricken are seen as pitiable or downright incapable; that is to say, the mess in their lives is somehow confused with their competence, ability, or integrity. But my friend sees clearly: care-givers do not heal; they witness healing, first-hand. She trusts the wounded more than they trust themselves. In the swirl of hurt and chaos, she spies the light in sufferers and watches it grow.

    Apostle Paul reassures us that when calamity strikes, we are not being punished. Our relationship with God is continuous and secure. Because of Christ, we do not fall in and out of grace.

    But, really — what about when the wheels come off? What’s changed when relationships end abruptly, health dissolves, or finances crumble? Plenty. And nothing. Problems, challenges, pain, and loss are not mile markers on the road to perdition; we travel the road to holiness and purity. Hard to believe? Not for Paul. We have the indwelling Holy Spirit. And Paul should know: struck down on the road, he built the Church.

    God never promises a problem-free life. He doesn’t prevent struggles; he works with them. In all things, God works for good. At the intersection of evil and holy, God reigns

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for sharing that Edward. I hope you have posted this on your own blog!

  • http://www.paulbevans.com Paul B Evans

    Cookie dough. That’s the secret to Romans 8:28. I bring people on stage at events to taste ingredients. Some get to taste the sugar and chocolate chips. Others get to taste the flour and eggs. Some of the ingredients are great. Others can make you sick. But when combined. WOW!

    Without the eggs and flour the cookie doesn’t exist. Without pain and pleasure, real life doesn’t exist.

    Ask anyone. They’ll say they learned more about living from the struggles, than from the successes.

    All things work TOGETHER for good.

  • Jviola79

    Thank you for sharing Max Lucado’s quote. Loved it! And I needed to read that just now. I needed to be reminded that the end has yet to come. 
    Blessings to you!

  • Jviola79

    How amazing is our God!! I read your post above, responded to it, & then opened my devotional. The verse you ask? Habakkuk 3:17-19 – “Though the fig tree does not bud & there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails & the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen & no cattle in the stalls, YET I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
    Thank you for being faithful to share!

  • Richard Graham

    Amen, Amen & Amen! What a great and encouraging post; Thank you Michael

  • http://www.susiefinkbeiner.wordpress.com Susie Finkbeiner

    I hate confrontation. Especially when I’ve been wrong. Romans 8:28 should be tattooed on my eyelids. I need to be reminded of it constantly!

  • http://twitter.com/sway234 Anita McHenry

    I had this kind of day!  Thanks for the reminder and the post on the “ten words”, used them today as well.  I guess if you’re gonna have bad things happen, they might as well all be in one day.  Also really appreciate the Max Lucado quote….gives hope!  Perspective is so important.  Everything happens to bring us closer to God and to help us grow and become our best person.

  • Vdfp4wife

    Thank you for this just when I needed it the most.

  • Anonymous

    Bummed I missed this when it was originally published. I needed this desperately. Keep catching myself not letting go and letting God.
    Thank you for this reminder.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      God’s timing is perfect—for you. Maybe this is when you would be the most receptive.

  • Deb

    I feel like I missed God’s leading for an incredible opportunity for my children and am so disappointed and having a hard time letting it go. I don’t know why God wouldn’t have wanted them there and if I didn’t hear Him clearly or what. It was a great place for their spiritual growth and now it feels so wrong they aren’t there. What do you do when you feel responsible for making a mistake that robs your children of God’s best. I am trying to believe Romans 8:28 (and that for some reason He didnt want them there) in this situation but its difficult when my mom’s heart hurts so deeply. I desperately want whats the absolute best for my children.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The beauty of God’s sovereignty is that he uses even our mistakes for His glory. I think you confess it and move on. You can’t change the past. But you can rob your children of their future by staying stuck in the past.

      • Deb

        Thank you. God is working on me and this was also confirmed to me in church yesterday. Appreciate your reply.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      I believe you already have something to offer your children that ranks up there as God’s best. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then you give your children a great example of a deep faith and a clear direction. I don’t know what opportunity you and the children have missed out on but I do know a parent who loves the Lord is a gift God gives to children. I also know that God knows you and your children. If that’s true, and I believe it is, then He knows how to get your attention at the right time and in the right way. You won’t miss what He has planned for you or for your family. Blessings–Tom

      • Deb

        Thank you so much! Wow, what a great perspective I needed to be reminded of.

        • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

          Thank you, Deb. Your responses to Michael and to me bless and encourage me personally. I’m glad you had a good Sunday and felt confirmed/affirmed within the community of the faithful. God bless–Tom

  • Michael W. Gephart

    In the very last chapter of a book I published, (“A Sum of Reflections”),  I mentioned how
    giving thanks to God seems to release a power that cannot be released any other way.
    I also mentioned that, throughout most of my life, I thanked Him for the “good” things, but
    cursed Him for the “bad”.  But now in my old age, I have learned to thank Him for everything
    (good or bad).  I quoted some song lyrics by Andrea Crouch…..”I thank Him for the mountains,
    and I thank Him for the valleys, and I thank Him for the storms he brought me through; for if
    I never had a problem,  I wouldn’t know how He can solve them; I’d never know what faith in God can do”.

  • Sharon6229

    In the waiting; It’s so easy to sing the gospel songs like” I don’t mine waiting on the Lord; but when your in the process of waiting it can seem like forever; but I’m reminded that God’s timing is not our timing but while you wait give Him praise whether it comes to pass or not because it is working for our good. I.m glad God does’nt give us everything we ask for and certainly not what we deserve. God Bless

  • Jimmythurmer3

    I try and give of late my problems to God to sort out and arrange like your 8-28 Romans post, and God does seem to be handling some really heavy things for me, but the time in which they get resolved is exhausting.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I hear you, Jimmy. The waiting can be so difficult, even when we know God has us covered.

  • Robynmuncie

    Thank you for oppertunity to leave comment, its been a rough year. My husband has a liver deasease., he took treaments not sure if they hurt or helped, he worked the whole time sometimes doubles.
    My brother just passed away on oct 10 from a liver deasease, I work also. I thank God we have a roof over our head and cars to drive to work, a good church. Right now now im scared but God has helped me to get to work and do my job, I know I have got to trust God right now.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Robyn, I’m sorry for all your heartache. I’m sure you’re exhausted! I admire your commitment to trust God even though you’re afraid. He will not fail you.

  • Verner Drost

    As a pastor, I really needed to read this this evening. thanks
    @vernerdrost

  • Karen

    Thank you for this reminder.  We have been struggling with my husband’s health problems and several big business/ financial situations and have had a series of discouraging, frustrating things happen over the past 6 months and it has been hard to hold onto hope.  Even though I know the Word and God’s character, the long battle has us weary and hanging by a thread. So very encouragement and reminder of His Truth helps.

  • Waseem Anjum Bhatti

    I am blessed, God Bless you too
     

  • MJ Nagel

    Why are all the interviews with leadership experts only men? Are there no women who can offer perspective in an interview? Certainly on leadership I might be able to find a few.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m sorry, but I am not following you. What does that have to do with this particular post? Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/YvonneEele Yvonne Eele

    This is a great reminder of who is in charge and what our perspective should be

  • Glia

    Wow I needed to hear this from someone tonight. Wish it would come from family or friends, certainly wish it came from my church community but they are rarely Sunday PM to Sunday AM supporters. Such a powerful reminder to stay true to my faith, trusting in the Lord to do HIs will to my benefit. Looking forward to getting through this dark night and into the light of another day to see the Lords rainbows in my life. The darkest of night is yet to come but the brightest of day will take over thereafter! God bless us all, everyone!

  • robertrizzo

    This is a timeless post. Looks like you wrote it a couple of years ago but this is one of those posts that just keeps on giving. Thanks for the reminder.