God Is Working It Out for Good
BY RICK WARREN — SEPTEMBER 6, 2019
“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” (Romans 8:28 NLT).
Life often brings moments that are difficult to swallow, like a sickness, a job loss, or the death of a friend or family member. Those pills are bitter going down, and we often choke on them.
Rest assured, God is up to something good in your life, even if you can’t see it. To hold on to hope in the midst of tough times, you’ll need to grab ahold of this truth.
The Bible says it this way: “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” (Romans 8:28 NLT).
The Bible isn’t saying that every event in your life will be good. You and I both know that’s just not true. But it does mean that when you put your whole life together, every piece of it works together for good. It’s like making a cake. You may not like the taste of each ingredient, but when it’s all put together, it comes out tasting good. God wants to bake an amazingly tasty cake with your life, and he wants to use even the distasteful and bitter elements to do it.
God also doesn’t say that everything works together like we want it to or that every story will have a happy ending. Not every business decision will make a million dollars. Not every couple that gets married lives happily ever after. Not every child will become captain of the football team.
Instead, this verse reminds us that we can have absolute confidence that the Master Designer of the universe causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God.
Hope isn’t the same as optimism. It isn’t the belief that something bad will turn out well. It’s the absolute confidence that every part of your life ultimately makes sense, regardless of how it turns out this side of eternity.
From our vantage point, life looks like a mess at times. But God’s view from heaven isn’t the same as ours.
You can’t even imagine the good that God has in store for your future. You can trust him with your present circumstances and your future, because he is always working for your good.
Talk It Over
Do you believe that God can use the bad experiences of your life for good? If so, how is that revealed in the way you talk with others about what you are experiencing?
In which experience from your life do you have the most difficult time seeing the good that God will bring?
How is Jesus’ death on the cross an example of God working out good in a bad situation?