I am sad. Kit and I have recently experienced a major ministry setback. Why are we disappointed? Doesn’t Romans 8:28 promise God works things for “good?” Yes, but not necessarily for the best that could have happened. God may allow free will of others to thwart the best. We are disappointed for the couples who might not get our help.
The first church I joined post-college emphasized “Store up for yourself treasures in heaven,” (Matt 6:20) as motivation to do good works. I pondered, Is heaven somehow nicer for those who serve for rewards? I concluded that God would reward those who helped others on His behalf out of a loving heart, but not for a desire for rewards.
We’ve had setbacks before. Previously, God’s words to David after forbidding him to build the temple, “… you did well that it was in your heart,” (2 Chron 6:8) comforted me. Not this time. I hope God has made my heart more pure seeking neither the heavenly rewards or even God’s awareness, but only the benefit of others.
Comments about this subtle and perhaps controversial idea are welcome. And knowing that the “good” is still good, Kit and I are proceeding with an alternate plan.
In Our Lord,