“For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
Yes, Paul did say all things work together for good. He understood that when we have turned our selves toward Christ and purposed to serve God in spirit and in truth, our ultimate destiny and purpose in this earth is positioned to come forth, no matter the issues, circumstances or hindrances we encounter. Even Paul, after all of his sufferings, beatings and imprisonments, was still able to confess “that the things that have happened to me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel” (Phil. 1:12).
Joseph, the favored son of Israel, hated by his own brothers, cast into a pit and left to die, sold as a slave, falsely accused, thrown into prison, used and forgotten, was still–in the end analysis–able to say to his brothers: “But as for you, ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good, to bring it to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” (Gen. 50:20).
And even still, there is Jesus Christ himself–for the joy of seeing mankind reconciled to God and completely free of the bondages of sin, sickness and death–endured the cross, despised the shame and is now set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb. 12:2).
The Hand of God is mighty in the lives of those that love Him, to those whom He has purposed to glorify Him in this earth. We, who love God, can live in the assurance that regardless of the things that happen–or have happened–to us, they are working for our good to a far greater weight of glory through Christ. We can find peace in the knowing that God is sovereign and in control of everything. His perfect will is going to be done, and nothing the enemy conjures up to use against us can stop the destiny that God has purposed for our lives. We are unstoppable, if we are the called according to His purpose.
Sword Sharpener: Romans 8
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