All Things

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“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

“And they said everyone to his fellow, “Come, and let us cast lots that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. Then said they unto him, “Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us: What is thine occupation? And from whence comest thou? What is thy country? And of what people art thou?” And he said unto them, “I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who hath made the sea and the dry land.” Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, “Why hast thou done this?” For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD because he had told them…Therefore they cried unto the LORD and said, “We beseech Thee, O LORD, we beseech Thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood! For Thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased Thee.” So they took up Jonah and cast him forth into the sea, and the sea ceased from her raging. Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD and made vows.” Jonah 1:7-16

As I was writing a previous devotional, I already knew what this devotional would be. Does “it” really work for good? While in Bible College, I wrote a paper on the purpose of pain (made a “B” because I didn’t use enough scripture reference) because I have always wondered how a loving God, could create a world with so much hurt, pain, and anger. There are times that I still question that. Admittingly, depending on the circumstance, I probably will again. However, as I have grown older, I now understand something. All things DO work for good. Even when we can’t see it, they do. When Jonah disobeyed God and chose to flee to a ship, his disobedience endangered the lives of everyone. Due to the actions of one man, a near tragedy occurred. Likewise, many would come to know and praise God. Before the storm, the men on the ship knew many gods – all ineffective. During the storm, however, they came to know THE one and only God. What would have happened had Jonah not gone to the ship? We will never know, but what we do know is that God used Jonah’s disobedience to show His perfect power and perfect will to individuals who hadn’t known of Him before. Working for good…

When I look at this life lesson, I can’t help but look at my own life. What good has come from my journey this past year? I have gotten the opportunity to pray for and help people. What good will come out of my leaving my job? Only God knows, but good comes. The good that comes from our trials may not always be recognizable or immediate, but God does use us to execute His will. His good and pleasing will. So, where are you struggling to see the good in your current circumstance? How has God used your hardships to bring you or others closer to Him? Not every bad thing is meant to harm us and not all bad things are meant to correct us. Sometimes, we experience things because of the actions of others. However, whatever the reason, God can redeem any situation for our good. Anything.

Published by Shaniqua Rischer

Passionate, Loving, Loyal, Engaging, Obedient, and Direct are words often used to describe Shaniqua Rischer. However, the words she loves to be known for the most are Christian and daughter of the Most High God. Shaniqua has always been the type of person to ask why. She learned to never rely solely on the answer given, but to delve deeper and to question what she was told and taught. She approached her relationship with Christ as she would any person she met – she started talking and asking why. Through intimate prayer and conversations with God, she gained a clearer understanding of the struggles many Christians face. The struggles include the responsibility of being called Christian; knowing what we are supposed to do, but too afraid to act or not knowing how to break free of the bondage that holds us captive. She has discovered a love unlike anything she has ever known, experienced favor that can only come from the Lord, and discovered what it means to finally let her guard down and let God be the center of her life. The result has been the metamorphosis of a person that dares to be extraordinary and move beyond fear to faith. While on a mission trip to Kenya in 2009, her global vision was formed to impact others. As a result, At The Cross Global Ministries, a para-ministry whose focus in on local and global outreach, was founded. Shaniqua shares her experiences and lessons of faith in a direct and open manner, full of compassion, challenge, and optimism. She dedicates her life to being the hands and feet of Christ, and to date, she has led and served on seven global mission teams. She is a sought after speaker and has published two books, “Living A Fake Life For A Real God” and “God-Morning! Sixty Mornings With God”; she is currently working on her third book to be published summer 2019. Additgionally, she is a licensed minister and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Education from Dallas Baptist University.

3 thoughts on “All Things

  1. Good lesson. I think this is why Jesus promised that, in this world, we will have tribulation. We must learn again and again to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world.

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  2. What a beautiful reminder of the Sovereign rule of our God! How He can take any challenge or trial and use it for not only our benefit… but also the benefit of others! This is such a timely and needed reminder as we face so many perilous situations in our current times… but God!

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