All Things Work Together For Our Good-

Apr 4, 2024 | Encouragement, Hope

“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

 

Romans eight verse twenty-eight is a Bible Verse used frequently in Biblical Counselling.

How can it be some say that “in all things God works for the good” when I have been mistreated, abused, and afflicted? Some have lived through some horrendous trials which have scarred them deeply.

There is much encouragement we glean from Scriptures here.

God did not the orchestrate our suffering, yet He is aware of it and sovereign over it.

Christians begin in the book of Genesis to read about the first sin of Adam and Eve. Ever after we have lived in a broken world. We sin. Others sin grievously against us.

Yet God wants to bring healing to the soul. That is what His word does. It is the Balm of Gilead. A healing medicine for the soul, you might say.

Part of life is also knowing what 1 Peter 4:12 teaches. “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange things were happening to you.”

Our sufferings on earth are for a present time, we have all of eternity to look forward to in hope.

That may sound really hard when you are in the middle of intense suffering. But it is the hope we must cling to.

We have a choice to cling to God in hope for our future or to reject God and turn away because of our suffering.

One of the finest examples in Scripture is the story of Joseph. He kept doing good; he kept living with integrity, even in his sorrow. Joseph never gave up, and God recompensed his suffering. He redeemed it.

A beautiful Bible Verse I like to point individuals to is Isaiah 54:4. “Do not be afraid, you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.”

Some individuals will be quick to say this is taking this Bible Verse out of context. It is the prophet Isaiah speaking to the Israelites about the promises of God on their return from Babylon. God has forsaken his people, but He promises to restore Israel. They are the “wife” of the Lord.

As you meditate on Isaiah 54, you can do as Charles Spurgeon suggests-
“Try to suck all the sweetness that you can out of this chapter while we read it. The personal application of a promise to the heart by the Holy Spirit is that which is wanted. The honey in Jonathan’s wood never enlightened his eyes until he dipped the point of his rod into it and tasted it. Try to do the same. This chapter is the wood wherein every bough doth drip with virgin honey. Sip: taste, and be satisfied.” (Charles Spurgeon)

If that doesn’t express why we soak in God’s Word, nothing will. Let us each one dip into it.

And I believe with all my heart as you give your suffering to Jesus and do things His way, He will redeem your situation. He will work it together for good. He has done so in many believer’s lives and as you trust Him with your broken heart, He will do it for you.

God brings things full circle as we trust Him to bring inner healing. It is a journey; it is hard work, but oh is it worth it!

So many people who can testify to this.

On Good Friday, God gave life to a couple who had been childless. They wondered if they would ever have a son or daughter. That, dear reader, is amazing grace!

Someone I know who went through tremendous abuse and suffering now has a ministry and travels to teach others how they found healing emotionally through God’s Word.

I have a family member who endured a major stroke. Did he give up and soak in his sorrow? No, absolutely not. He has his license back; drives his combine and harvests his crops, goes e-biking and thoroughly enjoys life! He never complains. He is my brother and I am proud of him. Prouder than any individual I know. He is rock hard in faith and so is his wife.

How does God work “all things together for our good?”

He does it as we turn to Him for help and hope.

God sustains us by His grace and brings healing by His grace.

But we have a choice to give Him the pieces and trust Him. Or to live without help and hope.

Which will it be for you, dear reader?

God has already brought good out of some of my personal heartaches.

He can do the same for you. It will take time, and working with God, through His Word.

Isn’t the promise of “forgetting our former shame” and being renewed and redeemed in Christ so much more inviting?

Let us invite God in to our hearts today to do His work for our good.

 

***Photo taken on the Farm I grew up on represents the “Bread of Life” which is God’s Word | Healing Balm.

 

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