“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28, KJV
To say that our city, state and country have faced some of the most heart-wrenching events over the past seven weeks would be an understatement. Too many have lost their lives in what can be described as an awakening of the proverbial “white elephant” in the room that no one dared to deal with. For decades we have tip-toed around the mammoth issues of race relationships, bigotry, discrimination and the like, deceiving ourselves into believing they were no longer relevant. But now we are confronted with the very things we thought had gone away or at least been minimized. And who would have thought that our city, Baton Rouge would be at the forefront of raising awareness of just how bad things really are?
“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.”
Ask some of the people in southern Louisiana who lost so much in the recent floods if they believe that all things really work for good and you might just get a tongue-lashing. Ask a family member of one of the slain law enforcement officers who was gunned down in Baton Rouge a month ago the same question and you may be asked to leave the premises. So, do all things really work for good? I would say a resounding NO, and that is not what the scripture says!
And before you mount an argument with me, consider just what the Word of God says. First, it is imperative that we note this is not a universally applied verse, instead it is a conditional part of scripture. In other words, it does not apply to all, but to those who meet its