Words of Comfort
For the people of God, life is like a giant carpet factory
Apr 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM
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“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
God does not work most things for good. God does not even work “all things” most of the time for good. God continually causes all things to cooperate together for good. There is never a time nor a thing that He does not use to achieve His goal in our lives.
He does not say all things work together by themselves. All things do not cooperate with each other voluntarily. They work together because God makes them do it. The word “work” implies continuous cooperation. All things are constantly cooperating with each other for the benefit of the people of God.
A man once told about his visit to a carpet factory. There he saw wool seized by iron teeth, combed and corded, and pressed under huge and heavy iron rollers. He watched as it was condensed into rolls and spun into yarn. It was dipped in blue, black, red, orange and many other bright brilliant colors, until vast piles of bobbins in every hue met the eye. All he saw amounted to mass confusion. He could not understand how those stacks of colored yarn could be woven into a carpet of such exquisite patterns. It didn’t make sense to him until he was taken to the second floor. There he was shown the master plan by which all things in the factory worked together for the carpet. It was a plan unseen by the workmen below, but a plan connected with the looms and controlling all the shuttles of various colors, making it possible for the threads to be woven into a web of beauty.
For the people of God, life is like a giant carpet factory. The events and experiences of it are crude materials seized by iron teeth of trials, combed and corded, and pressed under heavy rollers of sorrow. Then they are spun into warp by the whirling spindles of duty. They are dipped in the bright dyes of joy and prosperity and also in the deep shade of suffering and adversity. Confusion and mystery are seen on every hand. Then the Master takes us into His Sanctuary and we know that all things work together for good “to them who are called according to His purpose.”
Don McCann is an evangelist in Kingsport.