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Title: Will It All Really Work Out?   Send to a Friend
Date: 06/21/2011    

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And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:20  

That passage of scripture has long been claimed by me as my ‘life verse’.  I’ve read it for years and have even meditated on it from time to time, especially when I have found myself in circumstances that were not particularly to my liking.  However recently, while reading it again, I noticed something that I had not noticed before.  This verse doesn’t apply to everybody.  In fact, there are some very specific criteria for its application.  Upon a closer reading I realized that this verse only applies to people who:

·         Love God  - and

·         Are called according to God’s purpose

When those two criteria exist then all things work together for good to them.  So that made me stop to think, “Do I fall into the category of people who meet these criteria?”  I decided to look at my role model for answers – Jesus, the Christ.

Jesus loved God and He was called of God for God’s purpose.  Therefore everything in Jesus’ life worked together for good to Him.  The crucifixion, His death, and His resurrection working all together were good to Him.  His resurrection meant nothing without His crucifixion and death.  His death meant nothing without His resurrection and crucifixion.  His crucifixion meant nothing without His death and His resurrection.  Separate and apart, none of these circumstances made sense - but together, all three worked according to God’s purpose.  It was this purpose that was good to Jesus.  And it was good to Him because He loved God more than His own life and He wanted God’s purpose more than anything else.

When we look at our present circumstances in light of this revelation, what does this passage of scripture really mean in our lives?  The first question we should ask ourselves is: “Do I love God?”  No one can answer that one for us.  We must examine our hearts and ask God to reveal the condition of our hearts.  But if the answer to that question is ‘yes’, then the second question is: “Am I called of God for His purpose?”  The answer to that is clear in God’s Word, the Bible.  If you are a believer in Jesus Christ and are in relationship with Him, then you can be assured of this: “And those who He predestined, He also called…” (Romans 8:30) 

Therefore our present circumstances in and of themselves may not appear good to us.  But God says they are good, when reflected in the light and context of His purpose and built into the tapestry of the life He has predestined for us.  I can honestly say I don’t understand all of this or even how it will all work out or how it will all work together.  I only know that I believe it.  And I know that I trust Him and I love Him.  And for me, on this day, that’s enough.

Be Blessed!


Mary Banks

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