For good or not for good…that is the question?
Romans 8:28 Furthermore, we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with his purpose;
Life is full of happenings and because our view is limited to a degree in this present reality we often miss, that our heavenly father is working all of our good times and (what we consider) bad times together for our good. This is not a new realization but it is one that we often times ignore.
It is easy to immediately identify a good or bad circumstance as valuable, yet at other times we must wait for the progression of time to pass before we can see the benefit of a difficult or trying circumstance. As human beings we tend to “sweat the small stuff” and in so doing we often miss the good that God is doing in our lives. The other day, my wife and I drove 30 miles to keep an important appointment. We made work and home arrangements to leave town after work to be at the meeting location on time (if not a bit early). We waited, and waited, and waited. We knocked on the door and double checked our information by reading through the emails to be sure we had the right day, time, and location. After a while we discovered that the meeting had been cancelled via phone message that we never received. Do to the nature of the meeting we could have been upset, disappointed, mad and a whole host of other non-helpful emotions but in that moment we had clarity. We had a choice to recognize that God was working for us through this inconvenience. The meeting was rescheduled but what about the fuel expense, the time we spent in vain making arrangements at work and our home schedule? We both looked at one another and had the same thought…”God is working through this circumstance and what He is doing is good.”
With God there is never any waste. The writer of Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us that “For everything there is a season, a right time for every intention under heaven.”
Recognizing God’s love for us and being aware spiritually can help us live in much more joy. We do not have to react like the world, we can act and accept all things with joy and love.
James 1:2-4- 2 Regard it all as joy, my brothers, when you face various kinds of temptations; 3 for you know that the testing of your trust produces perseverance. 4 But let perseverance do its complete work; so that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing.
I pray that you can see that this awareness actually frees you from a lot of pain and suffering in this world. Your awareness of all things being made to benefit you whether minor irritations like being stood up for a meeting to major pain and suffering in your life is all easier to endure. You can decrease suffering and distress and plain misery simply by engaging your free will and choose to view your life in the light that God is letting nothing go to waste and all things will (eventually) benefit you, His child.
Back to the question…”For good or not for good?” Prayerfully you understand that every circumstance in your life is positive. God is working in the background to make it so and He never fails.