But Why?

From the rector’s desk…But Why?My dear friends in Christ,I cannot believe that by the time you read this article it is likely that the country will declare that we are heading into the 4th wave of Covid-19. As I sat down to pen this article a Google message popped up onto my screen saying that the Balito Matric Rage had just been cancelled. I listened, on radio, to the precautions that the organizers went to before officially opening the Rage, and in spite of all the precautions – that included participants having to be vaccinated and to follow strict protocols – the first batch of antigen tests pulled up nearly 40 people with Covid-19.How does this gel with one of our favourite scriptures from Romans 8:28: – 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.“God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.”Lori Hatcher the author writes: – “Joni Eareckson Tada, an inspirational speaker, author, and singer, is a quadriplegic who has been confined to a wheelchair for more than 40 years. When people ask her why God allows suffering, she often says, “God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.” And what does God love? For people to enter into relationship with himself and become more like him. Joni’s life and ministry are a stunning testimony of how God can use a tragedy like a paralyzing diving accident to impact the lives of millions.”Do you get it that there’s nothing good about this virus or our lockdown and we have no idea where it is all heading? God is busy!The verse from Romans 8:28 is written in what I believe is called the ‘present continuous tense’. In other words, God is busy as we speak, turning these times and seasons around for our good. Not just for everybody out there, though. There is a clear qualification in the words: – … for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.So, “All things may not be good, but God can and will use all things for good.” says Hatcher in her article.Please join me in reading the rest of this chapter in the Book of Romans. Read from verse 28 through to the end of the chapter at verse 39. Someone once called the book of Romans the Himalayas of the New Testament and Romans 8 the Mount Everest of the book. Let us pray:Father God, we thank you that we are called according to your purpose and that you have worked, are working and will work for our good and the glory of your name. Take this season that we are in and help us each day to see your hand at work – even though things around us may not be good, help us to see that you are using every moment for good. Help us to grasp that this is an ongoing work in your hands. AmenBlessings to you all,Rob

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