'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.' Romans 8:28 NIV
There are many things in life we don't know. We don't know if we'll get that job, marry that person, or fulfil that dream we have. Sometimes, we don't even 'know what we ought to pray for' (Romans 8:26 NIV).
But we can 'know' these four things: (1) 'God works.' Even though we can't see him, he's busy behind the scenes. He's tireless and he never stops working. (2) 'God works for the good.' Not for our comfort, pleasure or entertainment, but for our ultimate good. Sometimes we may not see how things are being worked out for good, especially when we're in the middle of horrendous circumstances. But even then, we need to trust that he will bring good out of what we're going through. (3) 'God works for the good of those who love him.' When we make his story our story, by loving him and surrendering to him, our story takes on a good ending. (4) God works 'in all things'. God works not just in a few things, or the good, best or easy things. he works in 'all things'.
And he doesn't make the plan up as he goes along. The Bible says, 'In him we were also chosen...according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will' (Ephesians 1:11 NIV). And the best part is - God's plan includes us. Once we understand that, all our unknowns will be less daunting.
So what now? Thank him that he makes all things work together for your good. And believe it!
Soulfood: Job 40-42, Matt 26:47-56, Ps 72:1-11, Pro 9:1-6