In the Word ~ January 4, 2012

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him... ~ Romans 8:28a

And we know…Do we really?

I’m challenged to ask myself, do I truly know that in all things God works for my good? Or am I just hoping or guessing or praying He does?

Reflecting on this, I think about the things I know. I know I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I don’t wake up in the morning wrestling with the reality of these roles. I know day leads to night and night to day again, so I’m not concerned when I go to bed at night, wondering and worrying about whether the sun will rise in the morning.

But do I know that all things are being worked by God for my good? If I know that I love Him, this verse charges me to know and not question, wonder, or worry about whether or not the circumstances in my life will turn out for good.  To truly know is to be certain beyond all doubt or question.

And then -- In all things. As a writer, I try whenever possible to avoid the word things. But here, this word is a gift. Things implies a broad range of items that can’t be categorized under one title.  In all circumstances, trials, issues, challenges, locations, mistakes, journeys, relationships -- the list is all encompassing -- God works for good. No exceptions.

Hey, I think I just felt a little of the ‘peace that passes understanding’ promised in Scripture!


God works. Have you ever thought about God working? It reminds me of Jesus’ promise that He is preparing a place for us in heaven.  If you’re like me, you usually think of God sitting on His throne overseeing the universe and awaiting prayers and communion with us.

But working? Suddenly I grasp a new level of God’s love. He is exerting effort, actually working to bring all things together for our good. And what is our part? Just loving Him.


And finally, the end goal – for our good. He labors to bring about good in our lives. Just like Jeremiah promised. “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans for good and not for evil. Plans to give you hope and a future.”

Does it get any better than that? If the One who rules the universe has plans for our good and is willing to work to accomplish them, is there any doubt that we are headed for a good result?

Today as we go about our daily work, as we face challenges, trials, fears, and uninvited circumstances, how much lighter our steps, broader our smiles, and deeper our peace will be if we will only remember this divine promise.

We can know that God is at work. That He is faithfully weaving our lives into a good and perfect result.