Wednesday, March 24, 2010

He is working

I heard a message recently about Romans 8. Specifically about 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."

This little piece of Scripture seems to be written on cards, sent via e-mail, quoted to loved ones, and referenced frequently.

Some might say it is taken out of context and used incorrectly. It's quoted to make us feel better when things are tough. 

Here's what I heard taught about Romans 8:28...

When we read that God works for the good of those who love Him, we think it means for OUR good. 

What that verse is saying, is that God works all things for HIS good. He will weave everything for HIS good. For HIS purpose. He says, "I am going to use all things - good and bad - to draw you closer to me. To experience fellowship with me. I am going to use all the sin, pain and suffering as a way to bring you to me."

So often when we suffer we think that God owes us answers....but He doesn't. He doesn't owe us answers or explanations.  We don't deserve to know how God is going to use our situation for HIS good. He just will. In His time. In His way. For His purpose.

In studying this verse, there are a few words that I think don't typically seem to get the appropriate amount of attention:

In all things God works.

If we know that God is good, and we know that He is working, shouldn't we be encouraged? Excited? Even ecstatic to see how God is going to bring good out of our mess?

I have experienced seasons when I thought God had forgotten about me. After five years of dating, Ryan and I broke up and I was devastated. He had been my life and I was left empty and alone. Surely God had forgotten about me.

But, of course, God hadn't forgotten about me. He was just waiting to bring good out of our situation and waiting until it would bring HIM glory. And today I can honestly say that Ryan and I desire that our lives and our marriage would bring glory to Him. He was working. Even when my heart was broken, God was working.

HE is working friends. He IS working. He is WORKING.

In ALL things, He is working.


Stacey said...

All I know to say to this is "Amen!" Love this verse and taking a deeper look into its truths.

Anonymous said...

I just started reading your blog recently, and it has been such an encouragement. This post was just what I needed today. Rom. 8:28 is a hard truth to grasp when you are in the midst of deep waters, but it is also a great comfort. I am in a similar situation as you mentioned when you & Ryan were dating. Although I feel like my world has been turned upside down, I am realizing more everyday that God's way is perfect and He is all that I need.
Thank you for being a blessing!