We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him,
who have been called according to His purpose. — Romans 8:28
This verse is a favorite to many, and is one of the more frequently memorized and quoted verses of the Bible. It is a precious promise from God to His people, a promise filled with hope for any and every situation.
EASIER SAID THAN DONE
However, this promise is much easier to believe, quote, and stand on for someone else rather than our own well being. Often, the time this verse comes to my attention is when something I perceive as negative arises. I tend to forget about this verse when everything is going well because good circumstances seem to obviously be working for my good. I move to this verse of scripture when something goes wrong—I hold on to it when times are tough or when I'm struggling.
I'm prone to encourage others with the promise that God will use the “worst of times” in a positive way in their lives, but when I am in such circumstances, I just want God to change the situation. I'm not inclined to say, “This trial is okay because it will turn out to be good in my life.” Romans 8:28 is a great verse but is one I would prefer to use to encourage others rather than myself.
Suppose we really bought in to Romans 8:28. Suppose we really did believe whatever the circumstance, our all-wise, all-loving, all-powerful God would use the situation for good in our lives. Even bad things would be redeemed and blessed and have a positive impact on us.
We Could change our
attitudes toward difficulties
and move through dark
places instead of avoiding them.
Maybe instead of shrinking back from danger, ridicule, or persecution that come from truly walking with Jesus, we would embrace the unknown. Maybe we would not be inhibited by fear, but would have peace in times of trouble. Maybe we would grow strong in our faith through perseverance and intimacy with God. Maybe even the worst of times would not seem far from the best of times, because we would trust our unfailing God all of the time.