Romans 8:28 has always been one of my favorite scripture verses, but I never realized the essence of the first three words in the verse, till the realities of life began to hit. KJV Romans 8:28… And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purposes.
And we know…. As Christians, we all believe this scripture, since it shows that everything we experience, whether good or bad, will work for our good. And I guess if you’re like me, you definitely love to claim and accept all the good things the Bible says for yourself and those around you. But the question remains, do we know?
Do we really know that all things work together for our good? It’s easy to forget this promise during the hard seasons of life. And during those seasons where we forget what we know, We begin to fight everything going on in our lives. We forget that when the Bible said all things, it means exactly that, all things!
Imagine what will have happened, if Joseph had the strength of Samson and had fought his brothers? He definitely wouldn’t have become a Prime Minister. Take Lazarus, if he hadn’t died, Jesus wouldn’t have wept, or raised him. And we definitely wouldn’t have known it was possible for a human to be raised from the dead, days after being buried.
Still want more examples? How about Mary, the mother of Jesus? Imagine the disgrace after everyone thought she was a virgin, only to be found pregnant before marriage………. And we know!
What do you know during your difficult moments? Do you only know the reality of the problems you are facing, or do you know that God’s promises always come to pass?
Wonder why God doesn’t just show up when we want Him to? Sometimes, He has to prepare us first. He has to make us into vessels He can use. Take the story of David killing Goliath as an example. God was the one who fought the battle(I don’t think just a stone can kill a full-grown man just like that. It had to be God). Where was God during the forty days and nights, when all Goliath did was insult Him? Did He have to wait that long? I guess that’s why I’m not God. Goliath would have gotten one resounding heavenly slap if I was God. Anyway, David on the other hand, who had been anointed king was in the wilderness tending animals. God knew he needed the experience to give him the courage and boldness needed to face Goliath, after training with lions. All things work together for good right?
Due to our impatience and yearning to see the good that will come out of the situation, we sometimes go ahead of God, ignore the training process, and create our own end. When it turns sour, we turn to God and blame Him for what went wrong, meanwhile, He had nothing to do with it, just our disobedience and impatience.
Trusting God completely is difficult. Reason Peter almost sank while walking to Jesus. The storm around us keeps raging, but with our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus, we will make it to the finish line and realize that all the bad, the good, and even the ugly, led us to where we are. And then we’ll realize that all things really work together for our good because we love God. All things won’t work together for your good if you do not love God. Loving God means obeying His commandments. And one of them is to trust Him with all our heart, our might, and our strength.
Let’s bear it in mind that His ways are not our ways, neither are His thoughts our thoughts. His timing is also always spot on. He is never late, seldom early, almost always last minute(per our timing), but He is always on time.