Because I believe that Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the dead, I am assured that all things work together for good. This powerful promise is given in Romans 8:28. “ And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” There are many powerful truths packed into this verse that we can claim for our life. First, there is no circumstance beyond God’s control. God is sovereign and He can bring good things out of bad situations. In 2 Chronicles 20:6 King Jehoshaphat affirms God’s sovereignty, “O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you!” There is nothing in heaven or earth that is outside of God’s control. Second, God is good and intends only good things for me. Look at these powerful verses about God’s intent. “The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.” Lamentations 3:25 and “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 These verses show God’s heart and intent is good towards us, as believers. Third, God has a purpose to which he has called us. 2 Timothy 1:9 tells us that through Jesus, “ He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” Lastly, God’s ways are not our ways. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8 Many times I do not understand the events, the suffering, the senseless violence and evil that happens in our sin-filled world. Sin taints and destroys indiscriminately. We simply must trust in our good, sovereign God to work everything to good in His time and in His way just as He promised. Trusting God in the face of adversity, trusting God that He is good, trusting God that He loves us and has good things planned for us and trusting God to avenge wrongs and vindicate believers calls for mighty faith.
So what about you? Do you have this kind of faith in our loving, merciful, holy God? Believing in God’s character and trusting that He will do as He has promised will cause you to rest in the assurance that faith in Jesus brings to a world in chaos. Since Lent is a time of reflection and prayer, consider God’s mercy and care for you. Remember how He has guided and comforted you in times of great need. As you put your trust in Him, He will show himself faithful and work all things together for good in your life so that you can accomplish the purpose to which He has called you.
Trusting in Jesus is empowering,