Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

Image from iStock

May 19, 2021: God Knows Best

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God” (Rom. 8:28, NKJV).

When I knocked on his door 30 years ago, I never imagined the conversation we had would impact me to this day.

He had been a leader of the church; a highly respected man of God of 96 years. His wife had passed away awhile back. My husband and I needed information on the cause of her death, as she had participated in the research my husband was conducting to obtain his Masters in Public Health.

After completing the interview, I dared to ask him a question that was haunting me. He had lived a life of hardship, but his spirit was young, filled with peace and joy.

I asked, “Pastor, if you had to give one piece of advice on how to live a life like yours, what would it be?”

Smiling, he answered, “Romans 8:28. Just love God, and, no matter what life brings your way, everything will work together for good.”

I pray that by the time you read this message, humanity will have found a way to fight the coronavirus. As I’m writing, we’re in the crossfires of a horrible battle. Our churches are closed. Many have lost their jobs. The list of the sick and dying grow with each passing day.

My husband recently conducted a virtual funeral for a dear Christian brother. As I heard family members of the deceased person share words of gratitude, I knew in my heart that even this, COVID-19, will work together for the good of those who love God.

Lord, how can this work for good? I do not know. But I know You do. Amen.

Carmen A. Esposito is the Hispanic Women’s Ministries director for the Potomac Conference.


Join the Year of the Bible Journey 

To help you dig deeper into God’s Holy Word this year, we’re offering:

Every Month—This calendar, themed “Words of Life,” coincides with the devotional book and videos. It features a biblical topic and verse each month, with additional passages for further exploration, study and ideas on how to apply the concepts in your daily lives.