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. (Romans 8:28 KJV)
We have faith that this to be true because we look upon the Bible as God’s word to mankind. We read in Genesis 1:1 that God created this world and from Revelation 22:20 that Jesus will come again. In between are thousands of years of inspired writings from a multiplicity of authors that attest to God’s interaction with His creation.
Among my favorites is the book of John. It begins much as Genesis:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3 KJV)
Because we have faith, we can follow this verse:
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (Ephesians 5:20 KJV)My parents died five years apart, to the very month. I miss them still today. I would love to see them, call them, just talk with them and get a bit more information or share something that has happened. Still, I can give thanks every day for so many reasons that involve my parents.
With the two people mentioned in the first graph, I can give thanks, too. I am grateful for knowing the teen who lived with a brain tumor for so many years and did so with a gracious witnessing of love for others along with a faith in Christ that will ripple for years to come. I am grateful for having heard Sarah Hinkle’s music, listening to her family’s testimony and their ministry.
I am grateful that the Bible tells us we will meet again.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:3 KJV)
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV)
Most of this I have faith in because the Bible – and the lives of people as these – tells me so.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13 KJV)
I really like the way my sister-in-law worded Pascal’s Wager (the emphasis is her own):
“I WOULD RATHER LIVE THINKING THERE IS A GOD AND DIE TO FIND OUT THERE ISN'T THAN TO LIVE THINKING THERE ISN'T A GOD AND DIE TO FIND OUT THERE IS.”