Scripture Reading: Romans 8:26-30
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
God has a plan and purpose for each of His children. While on this earth, God will work in our lives to conform us more and more to the image of His Son — “For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers” (v. 29). God uses many means to mold us and shape us into Christlikeness. Some of the means may be painful for a season. But whatever comes our way, God is using it for our good, in order to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ.
God’s plan is to eventually lead us to glory — “And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified” (v. 30). God is preparing us for glory. We are destined to be glorified with Jesus. This is the end game, the ultimate goal — that we will be glorified!
During our years on earth, we will face great challenges and times of pain and suffering. We may not understand what is happening to us and why we are having to experience painful trials. But we must remember that God is at work behind the scenes. He is working all things out for our good. We may not like some things we have to experience; but we must remember that God is using these things to conform us into the image of His Son and to prepare us for glory.
God is sovereign. He is in control of all things. He works out His purpose for our lives — “In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ, might be to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:11,12). We have an inheritance waiting for us. God is working all things out for our good, even the difficult things.
Sovereign Lord, You are in control of all things. I know that You cause all things to work together for my good and for Your glory. I know that You have a plan and purpose for my life. Thank You that I can trust You no matter what I must face. You want the best for me. You want me to be conformed to the image of Your beloved Son Jesus Christ. What peace it gives me to know that You are sovereign and that You love me.