The following is a synopsis of our Bible study of Loving God with All Your Mind by Elizabeth George:
Romans 8:28, 29 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
What are some of the “all things” that God will work together for our good?
Our number one problem. Before you get out of bed identify your number one problem and give it to God. Let Him take care of it. God can take the very worst thing in your life and turn it into something good.
The good things. Too often we only think that God will use the bad things for His glory and our good, but He will use even the good things to do the same thing, because many times they are just as challenging! Ministry is a good thing that can be a challenge. Graduation from college can be a good thing that’s a challenge – where do you go from here? A promotion at work is a good thing! You’ve gotten to be the best at your job, and you get promoted to a whole new position and it’s tough! Retirement is another good thing that brings changes and challenges. We have to grow and stretch during these times and we need God’s help.
The bad things. Most of us think we understand this one. There are things we label as bad – evil, hard done to us, or suffering. Along comes Rom 8:28 and we understand that God doesn’t prevent “bad” things from happening to His children, but He turns those things into blessings for us by using those situations to transform us into Christlikeness.
The “people things.” People who make your life miserable, people who hate you, or people who are just difficult can be used to bring about good in your life. Here’s a quote that will help you not to blame others for how they are – It is not them – it is Him! We must realize that God is using the people in our lives to conform us to the image of His Son.
The following prayer should be the prayer of our hearts as we trust God for the all things in our lives:
“Lord, Your Word says, “in every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us.” Therefore, we choose with our wills to thank you. Lord, your Word says all things work together for good to those who love you, and we do, to those who are called according to your purpose, and we are. You have also said heaven and earth will pass away before your Word will pass away. Therefore, Your Word is truer than anything we are thinking or feeling right now.
All things, including this______________. Whatever the “this” is, God can work together for my good!
Never view life through the lens of feeling. They are too varied and unstable. God doesn’t call us to be feeling oriented, but faith oriented. There’s a place for mercy and compassion, but we must walk by faith and not by sight. Faith looks to see the Big picture – which is God working behind the scenes to make us like His dear Son.
If our circumstances, find us in God, we will find God in all our circumstances. D.L. Moody
Thankful that we can trust a mighty God for the “all things” in our lives,