God Doesn't Say Oops!
I'm not sure which is worse: going to the dentist or going in for surgery. The nice thing about surgery is the anesthetic so we can't hear what's going on, but I must admit I have never yet heard a dentist say, "Oops!" No smart dentist would.

You won't hear the word "oops!" in a dentist's office, and neither will you hear it around God's throne. He didn't make a mistake when he made you, and he is not making any mistakes now as he molds you. He knows what he is doing even when it seems like he has his eyes closed. Paul wrote to the Romans that "We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (8:28) I looked up the Greek word for "all" and discovered that it really does mean "all". Nothing is excluded. 

Does "all things" include cancer?

Does "all things" include the loss of a loved one?

Does "all things" include business failure or the loss of your job?

Does "all things" include turmoil in your church?

Does "all things" mean "all things" with no exceptions?

God is working a mighty work in us, and every fire of every trial helps us grow spiritually closer to him.

It might seem sometimes like God is not minding our business, but the word "oops!" will not sound forth from his lips. Paul to the Romans once again: "O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, 'Why have you made me like this?' Does not the potter have power over the clay?" (Rom 9:20-21 NKJV)

When the patriarch Job was sitting in agony in a pile of ashes, being tormented not only with a physical ailment but also by insensitive acquaintances, he exhibited his wisdom with these words: 

"For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!" (Job 19:25-27 NKJV)

Job knew that God had a purpose in mind, for God does not say, "Oops!".

Lenny Cacchio

Excerpted from The Sabbath Morning Companion, March 12, 2004, by Lenny Cacchio. 
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