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Scripture: Romans 8:28
Broadcast date: 03/28/2016

Have something good happen? Praise God! Have something bad happen? Praise God! Really?! Yes really! “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.”

During the great American Civil War on May 2nd, 1863, at the Battle of Chancellorville, General Stonewall Jackson was shot and his left arm was shattered. As a consequence, the arm had to be amputated. His chaplain exclaimed, “Oh, General, what a calamity!” Jackson thanked him for his sympathy, but replied, “You see me wounded, but not depressed, not unhappy. I believe it has been according to God’s holy will, and I acquiesce entirely in it. You may think it strange, but you never saw me more perfectly contented than I am today, for I am sure my heavenly Father designs this affliction for my good. I am perfectly satisfied that either in this life or in that which is to come, I shall discover that what is now regarded as calamity is a blessing!” General Jackson had a faith that was as strong as a stonewall. Yes, Jackson had a firm faith in the Lord Jesus and had committed his life into the Heavenly Father’s hand. Jackson believed, without a doubt, of the guidance and providence of God. That faith never wavered, never doubted. Just before he died, he shared Romans 8:28 with the chaplain. Listen to it: “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.” That is the way that Stonewall Jackson lived and died. And let me ask you—what better promise could you ever find? This wonderful promise of God means that if things go well, praise God; it is God’s purpose and plan. And if things go bad and hard, it still is God’s plan and purpose. That means we never need doubt or fear because the Heavenly Father uses all the events and happenings of life to advance His kingdom, bring glory to His Name, and cause His people to rejoice because it all will end in good! So we pray to God for all good things to happen to us and our loved ones, but we also close every prayer with, “Thy Will be done,” because in our heart of hearts we know the end will always be good. We thank our Heavenly Father for doing all things well.