“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28.
Could this be true? Could “all things” really be working for the good in life for all born again Christians? Are “all things” at this very moment working for your good? Believe it to be true, beloved. But then how can we see the truth in this verse when we are suffering today with stress, health issues, relationship problems or financial distress? How can we say “everything’s working for me!” when we feel like the entire world is against us? The Apostle Paul makes the answer clear. It is because we are to live after the Spirit of God that is within us and not our flesh. “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:13-14).
If our worldly troubles are the sum of our lives, then we will die most miserable. But if we put the focus on our Heavenly blessings which we received the moment we put our faith and full trust in Christ, then we are now true children of God and able to call The Lord “Abba, Father.” “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” The glory that awaits will be an immortal, Heavenly body that will never get sick, never suffer pain and never grow old. It will be living in mansions in Heaven before returning to Earth to rule and reign with Christ in the Millennium. It will be eternal deliverance from depression, death, suffering and hatred. This is the “good” that really matters, because it’s eternal. And until that glorious day, when we are transformed to glory in the twinkling of an eye, we have the Holy Spirit of God in us, who “knows our infirmities” making intercession to the Father on our behalf to help us through our present, brief troubles.
So rejoice Christian! If you are a true, born again believer, you are redeemed, justified and declared a co-heir with the Savior. You have received eternal life. Your present day problems are nothing compared to the glorious future that awaits you. So go to God with your worries in prayer but always remember that there is a much better hope that you can rest on than the wealthiest, healthiest, most fabulous unsaved person in the world. While they are resigned to a temporary “great life” and a bleak eternity lest they repent, all things are truly working for your good, eternally. So again I say, rejoice! Continue to love God and continue to live your life according to His purpose. His Divine plan for you is already at work.
Jason L. says
Thank you for this encouragement. It’s been a tough, tough Summer….
An amazing promise. It blows my mind just pondering the absolute perfection we have in our Creator.
Beginning and End says
You’re very welcome Jason. I pray The Lord keeps your faith and spirit strong in this time of trial.
pastor godson says
I am so happy for such encouraging and motivating words
Thankyou BE for such an encouraging post.
I suffer from chronic illnesses, 3 that I know of thus far……Some days have been absolute hell. I have suffered debilitating weakness, extreme tremors, heart palpatations, numbness and tingling of extremities, excruciating migraine headaches, neuropathy, painful swelling of my hands, breathlessness, acute fatigue, ridiculously high heart rate, dizziness and blood pressure drops which resulted in fainting many times, malabsorption of nutrients which has resulted in the loss of more than half my hair, etc. etc. (I could go on and on)
All of this while trying to raise 5 children in the Lord! BUT, God has been with me every step of the way…..I see that now and had glimmers of Him all the time! The Lord literally placed books in my hands that explained what my doctors couldn’t. He led me to websites with people who testify that they have experienced the same as me and survived. No not just survived, but recovered and are flourishing! My children are ok not damaged and not without a mom! The Lord has given me what I need to heal. Slowly, yet miraculously just the same! I spent many a night praying and crying out to Him…..even asking that He let me have another baby. Shockingly, He fulfilled that request right at the beginning of healing. I don’t know how He did it, but I became pregnant with our fifth baby and delivered a healthy 9.5 lb. boy all while terribly ill!
My point is, God is good. He has moved in my life in a way I never thought possible. In all honesty, I thought I might die many times. He also reassured me that this isn’t the end during these difficult times. He let me know that there is so much more than this life. He said that even if I had continued to be ill until death that I should still keep my eyes to the heavens!
So, dear people, keep your eyes on the “prize”! We will spend eternity in glorious heaven next to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
I feel compelled to add that my sweet baby boy arrived on 9-11-11. Despite my many health problems, his apgar score was a ten, he was pink and robust with a hearty cry, AND the midwives were astonished at his placenta. They said it was large and healthy. Large enough to have easily sustained twins! God is so good!
His healthy arrival on this date symbolizes God’s power and the everlasting hope! How wonderful that God can bring new life and joy out of the shadows of darkness and despair! My baby’s name means “The righteous comforted by God”. As many families are struggling and hurting this time of the year, I hope this sparks healing and comforts their hearts.
May God bless you,
Beginning and End says
Thank so you much for that awesome and powerful testimony. Praise God for your great faith and trust in Jesus Christ despite your intense illness! May The Lord continue to bless you and your family abundantly.
A week ago I decided to really take this principle to heart. Every thing I now do, every single thought, is locked-in on knowing and understanding who God is, how He works, the nature of His divinity, everything I can to know concretely. The more I learn, is revealed to me, the stronger the connection and the power coursing through my body and soul. I rarely even stop to eat or sleep. The process has transformed me and given me a clear understanding how the Spirit controls our senses and takes over our processes when we truly KNOW him, and not just as an abstraction. For though I believed, and accepted Christ’s atonement, He never felt real enough to me. When the Spirit is allowed to flow through us, we lose our will and thoughts and concerns and fear. And the thirst for knowledge never ends, growing ever stronger. The mind and heart open up and you can feel the pulse of the universe, sense the needs and pain around you, hear thoughts of universal consciousness, and so many things I didn’t know about before. I’ve even shared my discoveries and insights with another “seeker” of truth who is an atheist, and we are currently working our way through connecting bad science with bad theology and making them meet in the middle to nail down both into the truth. The Bible has all the answers that we know to be reliable, but I don’t think we have a proper visualization of its most important concepts other than Salvation.
Discovering who He is has blown the world wide open for me. The Holy Spirit is the very air we breathe, literally. It explains everything to me. Yet I haven’t even scratched the surface of what I want to know. And that is what makes what you do hear so extremely valuable B&E. You provide a haven for discussion. For those of us with an open heart and mind and soul, an explosion of knowledge happens.
I thank God for this uplifting reminder for me. Although my marriage is being seriusly challenged, I know Abba Father has ascertained my triumph and salvage of my matrimony’s prosperity. In God I trust.
Randy noble says
Returning to my faith most recently. My study teaches me that as Christs children we are still imperfect . In our human imperfection we will struggle with worry and such. Yet the fact the word teaches us fret not it is not productive, i use when i anguish. It helps just my way of coping. Even science agrees with the Lirds guidance in this regard . They just call it cognitive therapy. I call it following Gods will. Yet all have sinned…. And that means we will struggle in mans world. Though we can improve in our efforts
The brokenness of this world can be the birthplace of your character. That’s the good God is working on. Full explanation of Romans 8:28 at http://www.reenactingtheway.com/blog/god-doesnt-work-all-things-together-for-your-definition-of-good