“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
I’ve seen this quote used all too often as a blanket statement to suggest that God fights for us to win whatever battle we put our mind to. But what is the “good” that God works for our sake? Getting that job you desire? Finding a spouse? Being in perfect health? Of course, God can make these things happen, but sometimes… He doesn’t. Sometimes, those very things that we consider good things might be withheld from us.
“God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.” – Joni Eareckson Tada
This doesn’t mean that God wants us to be miserable in a job we hate. He doesn’t like us to be lonely or ill. What it does mean is that God has the ability to use the brokenness of our lives to bring us to what He truly wants to accomplish. This “good” is not momentary or only for this season. It’s not a good lasting only until the next doctor’s visit. This “good” has eternal value.
“… that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3-4
It means that no matter our careers, our relationship status, or our health, God is our ultimate provider.
There is good living by His purpose, living in the fullness of relationship with Him, and finding full life by His provision. Not only is this for our good, but for ALL GOOD. Because by living it out, we can be a reflection of His goodness. We become an expansion of His Kingdom.
“(God will) equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:21