Scripture Reading: Romans 8:28-30

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who care called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

This is an incredible promise that God has made to His children. God causes all things to work together for our good. This means both the good things and the hard things that we experience. How can this be? The answer is simple — because God is sovereign. He is fully in control of all things all the time.

The Westminster Confession of Faith helps us get a grasp of this great truth. “God, who created everything, also upholds everything. He directs, regulates, and governs every creature, action and thing, from the greatest to the least, by His completely wise and holy providence” (Westminster Confession of Faith V:1). This helps us understand what is meant by the phrase, “all things work together for good.”  God in His infinite wisdom directs all things to work together for our good and for His glory.

Do you remember Joseph’s words to his brothers after he revealed himself to them in Egypt? “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive” (Genesis 50:20). Joseph’s brothers planned to kill him but instead sold him into slavery, but God had something else in mind. Through the “bad things” that happened to Joseph, the Jewish people were preserved.

We can rest in God’s sovereignty. We know that He is in control and has an ultimate purpose for our lives. He causes all things to work together for our good. We may not understand why certain things are happening to us and we may not like them, but we can be assured that God is causing them to work together for our good.

O Sovereign Lord, You are the Creator and Sustainer of all things. I know that You are fully in control of all the circumstances I face. You rule and over-rule in order to bring about Your perfect purpose and will. I rest in Your sovereignty and know You are working things out for my good and for Your glory.



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