God, Can You Really Work This Out for Good? | Romans 8:28
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.
There are many things that we just don’t understand. From our perspective and from our pain they simply do not make sense. Death comes suddenly and unexpectedly. Illness invades a healthy body and we watch it waste away. An accident cripples or results in chronic pain. I woke up this morning to the news of a commuter plane crashing into a New York neighborhood killing all on board and one person on the ground. One passenger lost her husband in the 9/11 attacks, was very influential in the 9/11 Commission, and was on her way to present an award in honor of her husband. From our earthy vantage point way too many things just don’t make sense. But “Our God is in heaven…” (Psalm 115:3).
The all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful, all-present, eternal God is at work in the lives of those who love Him. He takes each heartbreak, loss, illness, relationship break-up, transfer, job loss…every unexpected tragedy and disappointment and somehow makes it all work out for good. We may never know how He used our circumstance. In fact, most of the time, we will not understand.
So here are some questions to ponder: Can you trust God even when you have questions? Can you believe that somehow God will use this deep pain for His purposes? Can you believe that God is good and at work even when it feels like He has left you on our own? Can you believe Romans 8:28?
Father, I believe. Help me overcome my unbelief.