Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:5, 11

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”

(Romans 8:28 KJV)

The common denominator between these passages is:  We were predestined to do good works according to God’s will and purpose for us, which is to be conformed to the likeness of Christ.

This does not mean all that happens to us is good or that God is always working to make us happy.  Although the gripping reality is that evil prevails in our fallen world, He is able to use every circumstance to bring about our ultimate benefit and to fulfill His purposes. 

Yet, this promise is not for everyone—only those who love God and are “called” by the Holy Spirit to receive Christ.  We learn to accept—not resent—adversity, heartaches, and pain, knowing they are intended to make us more like Christ and reflect His goodness.    “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord”  (2 Corinthians 3:18).

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).  He works in “all things”—not just isolated incidents—for our benefit. 

As an expression of His goodness and love, God’s divine discipline is essential for maturing His children.   The outcome is determined by our attitude and response.  We CAN choose to submit and be trained by it; on the other hand, we reject His best for us and grieve His heart if we go our own way.

It is helpful to remember that Abraham obeyed God by offering Isaac as a sacrifice BEFORE he experienced His goodness.  He was confident that his God would always be faithful to His promises (Hebrews 11:17-18).  It was his experiences of waiting and submission that prepared him for this supreme test. 

When we are obedient in little things, our faith increases.   If it is difficult to trust God for something big, perhaps we have ignored those small and seemingly insignificant promptings of the Holy Spirit. 

In ways we may not fully understand, God can take even the most difficult things in our lives and use them for good, as we trust Him to fulfill His purposes in and through us.

Lord, help us trust You all the time

Regardless of what comes our way,

Accepting from Your goodness that

You always have the final say. –Sper