Do You Believe that All Things Work Together for Good?
God Works All Things Out for Good to Those Who Love Him
by Veritas Vita 777
I saw a statement today that truly made me think. Pastor Jesse Mooney, Jr. said, “Romans 8:28 is very real: ‘All things work together for good.’” I asked myself whether or not I truly believed that God works all things together for good to those who love Him. I do believe that. But, I wasn’t always so sure of that – especially not when I first got saved.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of [a]corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession [b]for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Romans 8:18-30, NKJV)
I grew up hearing in church that if you name it and claim it, God will do it.
Yes, there are many passages of Scripture where it says that you need to believe to receive. However, I wrongly fell into the trap of thinking that if I just believed hard enough – and had just the right amount of faith – that whatever I prayed for would be answered.
Those prayers were all answered.
The problem was that the answers weren’t always what I wanted. They weren’t always what I’d prayed for. I had to struggle to learn that God was still faithful even when He didn’t answer my prayers the way I’d wanted Him too.
He still loved me.
I had to learn the hard way that some prayers God didn’t answer because He knew what was best for my life. After time passed, I’d realized that I was so glad that God hadn’t answered those prayers. Other times, prayers have gone unanswered because God said I needed to wait.
I’m not a very patient person. I don’t really like those answers!
Yet, through it all, I have learned that God can be trusted. He has the best plan for my life (See: Jer. 29:11-14). He knows what is best for me. I’ve realized that God’s plan for my life is centered around growing me into a stronger Christian. It’s not about me getting what I want all the time!
That is a difficult lesson to learn. Maybe you’ve already learned that lesson. You might still be on that learning journey like me. Wherever you’re at in your walk with the Lord, I hope you can find peace to believe that God truly does work all things out for your best.
Do you believe that all things work together for good?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10 ~ God is good. He has a plan. He is in control.