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Hope When Work Is Difficult

Series: The Word Before Work Foundations
Devotional: 20 of 21
Published: May 5, 2018

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Yesterday, we saw that Christians should be the boldest professionals on the planet. Today’s verse gives even greater credence as to why. Even when the worst happens at work—your business fails, you lose your job, or you get stuck working for a difficult boss—you can know that God will work all those things for your good and his glory.

How can you know this? Because God worked the worst thing that has happened in history—the death of his innocent son—” for the good of those who love him.”

Now, it can be easy to abuse Romans 8:28 and claim that if, for example, you lost your job, God must have a better one in store for you. That may be true. But it might not be, and God would be good just the same. James 1:17 tells us that “every good…gift” is from God. He is the author of good, and thus, he alone gets to define what goodness is. 

Because your work matters to God (see Days 8-14 of this series) the world needs you to do it boldly! The hope of today’s passage is one of the deepest resources to help you do just that—to work boldly knowing that God will be faithful to work everything for your good and his glory.

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