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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Fortune"

August 14, 2006

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In all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

We sometimes say, "Some people have all the luck." But do they?

That person is not necessarily fortunate for whom everything seems to be going well. "Going well" means different things to different people. A millionaire who loses all of his fortune except $5,000 might think of himself as a pauper. A pauper who comes into unexpected possession of $5,000 might feel like a millionaire.

That person is fortunate whose life has solid moorings, who, in either good or evil fortune, lives by the sure hope that "in all things"--in good or evil alike--"God works for the good of those who love Him."

That person is fortunate who knows that as part of the family of God he is surrounded and upheld by God's unfailing love.

That person is fortunate who knows that in God's economy there is no such thing as "fate" or "luck" but that God is at work in and through everything that comes to us.

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. That doesn't mean we won't have bad days. It does mean that in the bad days we have Christ's strength to draw on.

PRAYER: Father, help us to live by faith, trusting that in all things You work for the good of those who love You; in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: 1 Chronicles 10-12    1 Corinthians 8

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