Yes, All Things
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28
Amazing. It’s actually possible to know that God, the Creator and Sustainer
of all of life, is making everything that happens in the world work out for
your own good. We can expect that everything that happens in space and time will eventually work out for our good, if we love God… and we love God if we have been called according to His purpose. So, the obvious questions are:
Have you been called? Do you love God?
The fact is that you probably don’t love God. You probably don’t even know
Him very well. And, of course, you can’t love someone that you don’t know. If
you don’t know Him, what would there be to love about Him, right? So you
don’t know God and since you don’t know Him you can’t love Him. So where does that leave you?
Well, here’s the implication of the verse above: if there are people who know
that all things in life work together for their good, then there must be another group of people who can know just as certainly that all things in this life are working together for their “bad.” You don’t know God, you don’t love God and eventually everything happening in all of history will work out against you. Ever felt like the whole universe is against you? Well, it might be.
The statement at the top of the page assumes that God not only has the power to control all things, but that He exercises that power as well. Every minute of your life so far, where you were born, who your family would be, how you would grow up and who you are today have all worked out exactly the way God planned it. “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16) “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” (Acts 17:26)
Maybe you have suffered in this life. Maybe you have been harmed, abused.
Maybe evil has been committed against you. This verse is not saying that all
things in themselves are good. Evil is still evil, and will not go unpunished.
God has promised, “I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their
sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the
pride of the ruthless.” (Isaiah 13:11) Still, maybe you can’t believe that
the things you have suffered could ever “work out for good” for you. It is
repulsive to you, the idea that God controls the facts of your life. What
good could possibly come from the tragedies you have suffered? What kind of God plans suffering?
The kind of God who displays His love by suffering for us. “So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood.” (Hebrew 13:12)
But here is another implication of the facts above: you are not reading this
blog right now by mere chance. This could be the moment God has planned for the transformation of your life. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me. When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you…” (Jeremiah 29:10-14)
Hear the call, come to know God in His Word, the Bible, so that you might see
that He is truly lovely and come to love Him. See that the future of this life and the next is full of hope in God, that you can know that all things are working together for your good.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29) Come to God in
Christ and find rest for your weary soul.