ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER…
…for the good of those who love the Lord.
We know it is true – though as we navigate situations and circumstances that hurt we can seem to be a long way from this being realised. We can get to the point of simply not believing it any more – because we can’t see the good. We can’t see all that God is doing. But we still contend with circumstances, so it can seem as if God is remote. We may even question whether he is there, or whether he really cares for us.
Joseph was put through a fair bit. Sold into slavery, thrown in jail – wrongly accused. It must have felt desperate. It must have been an ordeal – but while he was waiting, God was working. And situations changed to the point that Joseph was released and elevated to the position that meant he could help the same brothers who had wronged him so many years before.
When we studied the purpose driven life at the start of the year we reminded ourselves that even the tough days are days of discipleship of growing in God. “All things work together for the good of those who love him.” It doesn’t mean all things are themselves good. It means that all things can be used, can be exploited, can be re-woven by God – so that good will ultimately emerge. Ultimately – in God’s timing.
And so we, like Joseph, are left needing to trust in our God. Through the toughest situations, the hardest times we have to hold on to Him. Whether that’s family, work; whether it’s a virus or relationships. Whether it’s of our own making or inflicted upon us – our best hope, our only hope, our perfect hope is in God.
Max Lucado puts it like this: “You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naïve. But don’t despair either. With God’s help, you will get through this.”