Are “all things” good? Or, do “all things work together for good” in the life of the person who is truly seeking after the Lord?

“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.” Romans 8:28-29

Notice that this Romans 8 text doesn’t say that all things are good, but that “all things work together for good.”

It is more than obvious that all the things that come our way are not coming from the Lord, yet He allows those things and even helps us “escape.” (1 Corinthians 10:13; Job 1-2). It is clear that the Almighty cannot be tempted with evil (James 1:13) and that “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” (Proverbs 10:22) Furthermore, we know that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)

In “all things” that come our way the Lord is working to form the Person of Jesus Christ in us as we have been predestined to be conformed to (Rom. 8:29).

At this time you may be entangled with trials and tribulations from seemingly every angle – coming at you relentlessly. Are you experiencing financial, marital, work-related difficulties?

“Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.” Isaiah 50:10

Remember that your current season will change. This trial shall come to pass (1 Peter 1:6).

Persevering and overcoming in trials, temptations and struggles provides the stepping stones to maturity.

Determination and perseverance are the indispensable character traits possessed by life’s greatest achievers.

In all this that you may be suffering, please prayerfully remember that ALL these things are working together for the glory of God in your life. He is using them to cause your heart to be conformed to the image of Christ as you seek His face, totally relying upon Him in these tests. He is making you complete, mature so that you lack nothing spiritually.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting (lacking) nothing.” James 1:2-4

One of the temptations of the trial is to turn on God and blame Him, or to imagine that He doesn’t know your state of struggle or care.

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

Have you ever blamed God? Are you blaming Him for anything in this season of your life? Remember, the LORD is for you. He loves you more than you could know and, “If God be for us, who can be against us”? (Romans 8:31)

“In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:22

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