And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28. (NASB)
“What good can come from this?” It is a phrase I have found myself saying many times in my life. Sometimes it goes along with the phrase, “What were you thinking God?” In the immediate, in the middle of dire circumstances, it can be hard to see how something bad can turn into something good. Yet there is a word in Romans 8:28 that is worth noting: “together.” It is not necessarily the single bad incident, but it is God causing “all things to work together.” The master craftsman is molding and shaping things according to his purposes “for good to those who love God.”
If we are called to God’s purpose, we will find things will not always go the way we want them to. We will find resistance to His purposes in this world. We will find people trying to discourage us and distract us from His purposes. Yet this verse reminds us that He will take the things we see as bad and make them all work together for His good. He is all about redemption, transforming the bad in this world for His good purposes. In Jesus we find hope, God’s desire to give us good things.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. – Genesis 50:20 (NASB)
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