All Things Work Together for Good

We live in a confusing world.  There is so much violence, illness and suffering our rational mind can’t seem to grasp it.  In yesterdays message I was encouraging you to learn to have intentional times of silence in your day.  We don’t hear the voice of God while we are talking but while silent.  Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”  When confronted with tragedies, illness, death I tend to complain to the Lord.  So today I turned off the news and spent 20 minutes in silence.  At the end I didn’t have clear answers for all my questions but my heart was at peace again.  There was assurance that the Lord is fighting for us in this dark and fallen world.  Maybe that’s what Paul meant when he spoke of the groaning of the Spirit.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” 
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, We just saw how the Holy Spirit prays for us according to the will of the Father.  So we know that God has a perfect plan for our lives and He is committed to using all things for our good.  We don’t always understand what to pray but we know everything that comes into our life will be used by God for our good.  Let’s be honest, sometimes we don’t know or feel like we know how to pray.  We ask God questions like why? Why now?  Why me?  Why him?  How do we know?  When all self-confidence is snatched away there are things we know – there is the settled truth we are God’s beloved and He is good!  This is why it is absolutely necessary to have a right view of God.  To work together translates “sunergeo,” the same as the English synergism; the working together of various elements to produce an effect greater than, and often completely different from, the sum of each element acting separately.
All things” means all thingsAll things, even hurt, persecution and death are a part of the “all things” God is bringing together for our good.  God is bringing all of the individual parts together in a synergy to conform us to His image.  Individual events may be harmful and seem meaningless to us but God – the Sovereign ruler of the universe promises to bring all things together for our good!  “All things” may not make us comfortable, fit our schedule, nor feel good.  God uses hatred and evil along with the good.  Even losing a job, for example, will be for our ultimate good.   
Not everything is good but God will use all things for our good!  This verse does not tell us everything that happens to us is good, because we live in an evil world.  God assures us He is working out His purposes within us.  Even the worst things are used to transform us, conform us into the image of His Son Jesus Christ.  The supreme illustration of God’s turning “all things,” even the most evil things, to good for His children is seen in the sacrificial death of His own Son.  In the crucifixion of Jesus, God took the most absolute evil Satan could devise and turned it into the greatest conceivable blessing.  Then He offered to all fallen mankind their eternal salvation from sin. 
God is always in controlHis power and authority is such that even the actions of the disobedient, who set themselves against Him, serve His will.  The story of Joseph shows how God controlled circumstances that were hidden from Joseph for a very long time.  His brothers hated him, conspired against him, threw him in a pit and sold him into slavery.  Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him and then had him thrown in jail.  This was only the path through which God was planning to raise him to the throne of Egypt.  “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good” (Genesis 50:19-20).  What can possibly come into our lives that can defeat God’s plan?  Many things can defeat human planning, and our plans are often overturned, but not God’s plans.  He is the Sovereign God.  His will is forever being done. 
for those who are called according to his purpose.  If God has called us according to His purpose, He must have both a purpose and a place for us in it.  Just as our love originates with God, so does our calling into His heavenly family.  Those who love God are further defined as, “those who are called.”  They not merely invited, but given a divine calling.  Behind the love we have for God is a calling by Him – according to His purpose.  You can’t truly love God and not be yielded to His purpose in your life in the world. Whether our hearts are aching or rejoicing, there is no incident nor circumstance, no matter how trivial, that is without purpose or meaning.
I’ll be praying for you this week.  Please begin integrating into your daily routine a time of silence.  There is no doubt you’re in the loving hands of your Abba and He fights for you!  So you’re never alone, never left to your own resources.  You are a super conqueror in Christ Jesus!
You are loved!
Pastor Tim