“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.”
I have a word for all of us living through the global challenges of the 21st century and in particular for those who on a personal level are facing what you would call the worst day of your life: Everything is going to be all right. I believe that… I believe it because it is a great promise from God Himself: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28 NKJV).
I don’t say this glibly or cheaply but with deep conviction and full assurance of faith. Everything is going to be all right. This is the overarching message of the gospel. God is going to set right a world gone wrong, and God is going to set right what’s gone wrong in your life. God deals in both immensity and minutia. God is the engineer of the universe.
So what do we Christians do? We continue to pray, to trust God, to build our faith on God’s Word, to frame our worldview from Paul’s masterpiece epistle to the Romans (especially chapter 8), and, despite any and all evidence to the contrary, we dare to believe that everything is going to be all right. We do this because we believe God is in charge and that He loves us and has promised to intervene in our lives with love and grace. Of this the apostle Paul was certain. He was firmly and absolutely “persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
Of course we want everything to be all right NOW. This is our common human experience. But because everything is not all right in the present moment, we are prone to panic and forget the promise. So remember this: In this present moment, you are enveloped in the love of God in Christ Jesus. Right now there is nothing that can separate you from that love. Everything is going to be all right, but the work of making everything all right may take some time.
It is not possible for any child of God to be at complete rest within himself until he is aware that all things are happening according to a divine plan, even though, sometimes, many times, life seems to be unintelligible.
A child of God must understand, anyone who gives really serious attention to the Bible must come to the conclusion that God is working all things according to His eternal plan. Anyone who understands this will also understand that nothing can touch the child of God until it has first passed through the will of God.
We must understand that the will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot keep us. What a comforting thought! I want to emphasize this… “No weapon formed against you shall prosper,” Isaiah 54:17. Nothing gets by God. Nothing can touch us until it has passed through the will of God.
We learn from the book of Job that the devil could not touch Job’s family and property until God gave him permission to do so. And he could not touch Job personally until God gave him permission to do so. And even then, God gave the devil limited power. God granted the devil the right to touch Job’s body with boils but even then he could not take Job’s life.
No power of evil can touch the one who loves God, who is the called according to His purpose without having first passed through the will of God. All things are bound up in the will of God.
We may rest in the absolute assurance that the plan of our own individual life, like Job, has been fixed in God. God is pursuing a definite purpose in our lives leading us to a definite end and we can rest in the assurance that all is well with us, even though we are passing through deep water, even at this present moment.
Paul says, “We know that all things work together for good.” It is possible, here and now, for us to know that whatever comes into our lives will work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.
God has a plan for your life that may include things that for the moment seem disastrous. But God is working in your life according to His fixed, eternal purpose.
Can we be sure? Can we be sure that when we say that “all things” work together for good that it indeed covers “all things?” Can we really be sure?
Let’s look at Job again…there is your proof. From a human standpoint, it just didn’t make sense. Job was a righteous man. He loved God and hated evil. Yet Job went through a series of unparalleled catastrophes in his life. His barns were destroyed by fire; his cattle were stolen by bandits; his children were killed in a storm and fire. It just didn’t make sense that this was happening to this man and his family. But these trials also burned away the dross in the soul of Job. The loss of material things brought him to weigh the true worth of earthly things, to put them in proper perspective and to esteem them as nothing in comparison to God and His sovereign will.
To watch Job in the midst of his sufferings, first emotional suffering of the soul and later physical sufferings in his own body is to see him refined and growing in the likeness of his Creator.
In the midst of all of this Job said in Job 23:10, “He knoweth the way that I take and when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
The sufferings of Job made no sense from a human standpoint, but to God, they made perfect sense because God is perfect. God was refining Job. God was ridding his servant Job of the dross that only He knew was there.
And my friends today God is refining us so that we might be conformed to the image of His dear Son. He is refining us, conforming us and removing from us the dross that keeps us from being more like Jesus Christ.
Scripture of the day: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; ” ~ Proverbs 3:5
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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