August 27, 2010

All Things Work Together For Good

Romans 8:28 is a verse we hear quoted a lot.  Well, at least part of it.  Most people quote it by saying something like, “Well you know, all things work together for our good.”  To say only part of this verse and not the entirety of what is being said can bring confusion.

Romans 8:28, 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.

What I believe Paul is saying to us is that when we love God and listen to Him, following His call and do what He tells us to do it will all work out to our good.  We may face some hardship and go through some serious tests but in the end our obedience to God will work to our good.

I Corinthians 15:57,58 reinforces that God will cause us to triumph if we will continue to follow Him and do His Will.

I Corinthians 15:57,58, But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Thank God, through the Lord Jesus Christ we are assured victory.  Paul reminds us that our works of obedience and labor of faith is not in vain.  God is going to cause our faithfulness to work for our good.

In Genesis 26, we see how Isaac’s obedience to God in times of famine and difficulty caused everything to turn to his good.  In verses 1-5, we see God giving Isaac instructions to stay put and put his trust in the Lord and His promises of blessing He had made to Abraham.

Isaac’s first response to the famine was a natural one of looking for provision in the world and of his own strength.  The Lord directed Isaac to His promises.  In verse 6, it says, “And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:”  Isaac obeyed God and put his trust in God’s word.

In verse 12, it says, “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.  Isaac acted on God’s word and the Lord turned everything around and made all things work to his good.

The devil sent the famine to destroy him but God sent the Word to bless him.  Isaac chose the Word of God and turned a bad time into a time of opportunity and blessing.  He turned a test into a testimony of God’s goodness.

We too are faced with some tests and bad times but like Isaac, we can find victory while the rest of the world finds defeat.  The key is to continue to love God and do His word.  If we will listen to God as Isaac did and follow God’s word as Isaac did, we too can experience the blessing of the Lord as Isaac did.

I challenge you to look to the Lord, stay in faith, sow your seed of obedience, and let God turn this time of testing into a testimony of His love and provision for you.