Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose
When first being introduced to this scripture both through sermons preached and my own deductive reasoning, my take away is…I”M SET!!! What I hear when reading this is that I’m going to be good no matter what!! Seems kind of biased and unfair to all those other non-lovers of God but…well, they should have chosen better. Whew!! Thank God I love him because that takes a lot of worry off my table. God, creator of heaven and earth, has got my back. WHO is going to come for me when I have that kind of back up. Not only who, but this gave me understanding of the things that occured in my past.
So you mean to tell me that God is going to even take my bad and sinful stuff and make it work for my good?
When I became really serious about dedicating my life to Christ and wanting my life to reflect him I started praying more, reading my bible and changing those behaviors that I knew displeased God. So with that I just knew I was a prime candidate for that whole “work together for my good” thing. What I failed to realize was that the scripture never mentioned that hard, aweful, and devistating life events would still occur. I just thought, If I’m doing all this “good” God is definetly going to prevent bad from happening. I mean , I thought he was going to be my very own personal Jesus power ranger (blue because that’s my favorite color). I thought i would walk down the street and people and opportunities would just flock to me because they sensed my “Jesus aura”. What followed in the next two years blew my mind…
I lost a number of close friends, I got divorced, I got laid off from my job (couldn’t find another one for two years), and I got evicted from my apartment. WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!
Now don’t get me wrong. I prayed throughout this whole ordeal. I cried and prayed, I screamed and prayed, I gave up a couple of times but I kept praying. The God I beleive in is not some imaginary being in the sky. I beleived that he heard every single prayer and set into motion a plan of action to come save the day. Boy was I misguided….
Little did I know that EVERYTHING that was “afflicting” me was in fact God “saving the day”. I asked God for some things. Things that I now see couldn’t and wouldn’t stay in the presence of what I already had. I would have never accepted God’s best had he not stripped me of my good. I was comfortable and content. I struggled and still struggle with Christ taking my stuff but one thing I’m glad he stripped me of is me questioning him. I don’t have all my stuff back but what I do have can’t be bought, and I know I would have never attained it if I hadn’t trusted and still trust that “all things will work together for my good”!