All things for good
Paul begins Romans 8:28 by saying: ‘And we know.’ There are so many things in life we don’t know. We don’t know if we’ll get that job, marry that person, or fulfil that dream we’ve always had. Sometimes, we don’t even ‘know what we ought to pray for’ (v.26 NIV). But we can ‘know’ these four things: 1) ‘God works.’ Even though we can’t see Him, He’s busy behind the scenes. He hasn’t left us or moved on to something else. He’s ceaseless, tireless, and He never stops working. 2) ‘God works for the good.’ Not for our comfort, pleasure, or entertainment, but for our ultimate good. Sometimes we may not see how things are being worked out for good, especially when we’re in the middle of horrendous circumstances. But even then, we need to trust that He is good and will bring good out of what we’re going through. 3) ‘God works for the good of those who love Him.’ When we make His story our story, by loving Him and surrendering to Him, our story takes on a happy ending. 4) God works ‘in all things’. God works not just in a few things, or the good things, or the best things, or the easy things. He works in ‘all things’. And He doesn’t make the plan up as He goes along. The Bible says, ‘In him we were also chosen…according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will’ (Ephesians 1:11 NIV). And the best part is – God’s plan includes us. Once we understand that, we can stop stressing out about all our unknowns. We need to turn them over to God and believe that He’s working ‘all things’ out for our good and His glory.
Listen to the song ‘Your love never fails’ by Jesus Culture. Thank Him that He makes all things work together for your good.