Upon much reflection on life circumstances and events… my own and that of others… I have come up with what I call my Theology of Encouragement. It is the best way as a believer in Christ I have come up with to understand and process life. This one is mine. I suggest you come up with one yourself.
Every hurt, disappointment, and pain in life is placed there by a loving God who wills only the absolute best for his own, now and forever (Isaiah 46:9-10; Psalm 84:11; Romans 8:18, 31b-32, 37-39).
God’s goal is not so much ease and comfort in this life as it is his glory (Isaiah 48:11) and the strength of his children’s faith (Luke 22:31-32).
God never allows anything into his children’s life that is anything but good in his all wise knowledge (Romans 8:28).
God is so determined to make his children like his Son he does not leave it to chance, but wills it without any possibility of failure (Romans 8:29).
Therefore, everything the Christian experiences is ultimately good, increases joy, lays up treasure in heaven, and is to be understood in these contexts (Romans 8:31-32).
This theology is the product of 40+ years of experience, study, and reflection. It has been hammered out and run through the crucible of adversity. It is my theology… one that encourages me. I pray you too will be encouraged!
These scriptures and your application are rock solid, giving me strength for today. Thank you for sharing.
Very encouraging. Thanks
Thank you, Br. Ron. This fits in perfectly with a study our ladies Bible class is having. I will share your thoughts with them.
Blessings! Hope they are encouraged.