God Is a Genius

God Is a Genius

It’s funny how perspective can change. Amazing, really, the way the bad in life can take on increasing degrees of hope …

Friends of ours needed to return recently from their home overseas due to a serious  health difficulty one member of the family was experiencing. It was a blow they all felt deeply–the critical health issue and then the loss of their long-time second home and relationships of many years. Their work and ministry remained only partly finished.

After a few months of being back home in the United States, the family sent an update. All that was happening had been dark and utterly perplexing. Life hung in the balance for one and it had seemed that vital ministry would encounter no end of difficulties due to the family’s absence from their on-site location.

Although this family is still very much in the midst of an unexpected season, their letter was filled with strong glints of hope. The health situation, though not resolved, remains stable and the one suffering is happy and living with hardly any notice of compromised health. The ministry work, as a result of the changed location, has continued with significantly increased productivity. Fewer interruptions allow for better focus and more work hours. And, in a surprising twist, the wife and mother of the family has  in her daily community interactions come into relationship with two people of the same nationality and religion as the country the family had left. New connections with their longtime home have helped to tie this home with the other, so far away.

What they have been reflecting on as they approach each new day, unsure of the road ahead or each of their futures?

God is a genius!

Already, this family has seen God’s Word to be true–“he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

And more, they’ve seen the beginnings of the truth of that passage from Romans:

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, …

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? …

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? …

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 8:28-39

Yes, God is a genius. It’s a bit of an understatement. But sometimes, when we catch hope glinting from the crevices of a hard and unmoving situation, the understated can take on profound meaning. God really … knows. God really is able. He is worthy of our reverence and our surrender.

Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:57-58

 Can you look back on a hard situation in your life and affirm now, God is a genius? What makes you say so?

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