“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.
This passage reveals a vital feature of God’s character – which is that ultimately He desires what is best for us and often times, what He knows is best for us might be quite different from what we think is best for ourselves.
God also promises to make “all things” not “somethings” work together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose.
This means that He is not only able to use the good experiences in our lives for our good, but he is also able to take the bad experiences, our struggles, challenges and heartaches and in ways only God can, use those bad experiences as well for our ultimate good.
God never promised that we will go through life without challenges or struggles, He never promised that all will be smooth sailing, but He did promise that He will be with us and stand by us through those problems and challenges, if we put our faith, trust and hope in Him.
He promises that He will make “all things” work together for our good. So no matter what you are experiencing at the moment, you can be rest assured that God will stand by you, take you through it and ultimately use that experience to serve a purpose in your life that you could never have imagined…
But here’s the thing, this promise “to make all things work together for our good” comes with conditions. It is a promise that is fulfilled only when the mandatory conditions are met. It is a promise that is fulfilled only for those that love God and are called according to His purpose.
It therefore means that for this promise to be fulfilled in my life, I have a responsibility to fulfil those conditions to love God and to ensure that my life, my actions and my will are aligned to his purpose. I must make God’s purpose my purpose and not the other way around.
That way, no matter how bad things get or how bad they may look, I can absolutely trust that Christ will be true to his promises, and will use every circumstance for my ultimate good…but, firstly I must love Him and seek His purpose for my life.