Most of us are familiar with ‘Murphy’s Law’ –the old adage that “whatever can go wrong will.”
As for me, I’ve been there and done that! I’m sure you have too and therefore you will surely understand why I am advocating the adoption of a new law by all –the Romans Law (no, not the old motto when in Rome…..)
Romans Law is the adoption of Romans 8:28. Even when it seems that everything has gone from bad to worse with no end in sight, we must remember:
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.
I am reminded of the forty-fifth chapter of Genesis. If anyone had gotten a bum rap in life Joseph did. Being sold into slavery by his very own brothers was bad enough, but Joseph later landed in prison for no other reason than standing his ground and doing what was morally right. It seems the more righteous Joseph was, the more people resented him for it and they made him pay dearly for their own character flaws.
Nevertheless, when at long last Joseph was face to face with his brothers, what did he say?
“And Joseph said to his brothers, Come near to me, I pray you. And they did so. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt! But now, do not be distressed and disheartened or vexed and angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to preserve life. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God…” (verses 4, 5 & 8 )
The next time everything that can go wrong does, I plan to ask myself ‘Does God have a plan in all of this?’ I would like to encourage you to do the same. Remember, Joseph’s life may have looked rather dismal for quite some time but in the end, God made roses bloom out of the manure.