Rom. 8:28 says, “And we know that God CAUSES all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”.
What a great relief and encouragement this Scriputre has been to the children of God all through the years!
In the crucible of afflictions, when the furnace is heated seven fold, in a world of sin and grief, we many a times lose sight of the good that can come out of it. A broken past and frequent failures would press in on us to make us feel that these are a never ending saga for us. We bemoan and develop self- pity on our plight.
But please look carefully at the assurance that the Lord gives us through His Word. It doesn’t simply say that all the things right now happening in our lives will automatically work together for our good. But because we love God, and because God is with us, He will CAUSE all things to work together for our good. As we analyze each event, we may not be able to see anything good in it, but God puts them together to cause good out of it, because He has called us with a purpose.
So our troubles are going to last only till His purpose is accomplished, until we are refined and our faith is tested. You may be suffering intensely now, but be encouraged by the fact that the blessed result of your troubles is already promised, the rest assured and the work of conforming you to the image of His Son is going on. Very soon, you will wear the victors’ crown and the everlasting song will be on your lips.
So cheer up, you child of God, let your weary soul rejoice! Every affliction that you go through today, will not be a loss because He is in it.