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12/30/15 – Purpose: God works everything for the good of those who love Him

Published: Wednesday, 30 December 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28

Many believers are aware of this verse and have used it in times of trouble for encouragement.  It contains a powerful truth about God.  When there are problems in our lives, we become so inwardly focused on our selves that we forget about doing God’s work, even though God continues to work within our lives to make us more Christ-like.  God has never promised the “good” life that we envision should be ours just because we are God’s.  God’s work is to reveal Himself to everyone on this earth through every good thing possible including you.  I am astounded at the power and sovereignty of God to take anything negative and work it out to the good of our lives. 

 

It’s not that we stop loving Him; it’s just that our worldly problems seem to overwhelm us.  All too often, we want things to be good here on this earth ignoring that God is working in all things; even in the things that we would consider as negative.  The antidote to this “self consuming” outlook on life is to comprehend the power of God in “all things,” and to know that He will stop at nothing to bring you (and everyone else) closer to Him.  When we realize this, we can begin to see and understand the purpose that God has for our lives: love God and serve others.

While living in Florida, God moved our family to New York.  It was difficult to see God’s purpose for such a drastic move for people who grew up in Georgia.  However, looking back on that move, there are so many God-things that happened that made our whole family become more dependent on God, and one another.  As an example, a men mentoring friend has maintained a spiritual relationship with me for the past 20 years: every Thursday night, we talk to one another and share our prayer needs.  God knows what we need years before we need it, and He gives us the opportunities to see something good that would normally had been considered bad.

God says that when someone loves Him, He will make things happen that will result “for the good” within the life of that person in the Kingdom of God.  The “love him” part is what Believers confess.  But what about those “who have been called according to his purpose?” 

As a Believer, you belong to God and He has a purpose for your life that is part of His plans to produce good works in your life.  God works in our lives as we deny ourselves (our own problems) and trust Him for everything.  God’s purpose in your life is for you to get yourself out of the way and allow Him to work through you so that others will come to know Him.  When that happens, all things will be good. 

God is so powerful that He can take the pains, troubles, and bad circumstances that occur in your life in this world and make something good that will last for eternity.  If you have given this verse to others as encouragement, then take it for yourself as an encouragement.  Allow God to work through your “problems” so that His good will result.  So, my advice is to “get out of God’s way and let Him work through you.”  That’s the purpose of your life on this earth. 

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