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Posted by Cinda On June - 26 - 2013

“(vs. 28) 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. (vs. 29) For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:28-29

woman14I must confess, for many years I read the first verse of this passage without really understanding what it meant. I heard it quoted and clung to by Christians (myself included) like some sort of divine contract, a guarantee that everything would eventually turn out okay.

Yet there have been many times when I haven’t seen the promise of this verse fulfilled: lost jobs, lost friends, cancer and divorce and betrayal. Sometimes things don’t seem to work out for good, no matter how long I wait or how sincerely I believe.

Recently I was meditating on this passage when I realized that in my familiarity with verse twenty-eight, I had been glossing over verse twenty-nine. According to verse twenty-nine, all believers have the same destiny: to be conformed to the image of Christ. Verse twenty-eight promises that all circumstances in my life will work together for the good of my destiny. They will work together for the ultimate goal of making me like Jesus. And what is Jesus like? The prophet Isaiah describes him as a “man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering…”

It is through difficulty and hardship that I begin to resemble my Savior. The problem comes when I want God to work things together for my definition of good. In this scenario, I get the job I want, I have plenty of money to pay that unexpected medical bill, my loved one recovers from a dreaded disease and my friendships never struggle.

My definition of good means that every dilemma will have a prompt and happy ending. God envisions a happy ending for me as well, but one in which I don’t necessarily get what I want.

Instead, I grow a little stronger, a little more faithful, and a little more like Jesus. Dear Father, I praise you and thank you for the perfect plan you have for me. Please help me to trust in Your love and faithfulness, even when I don’t see the good in my circumstances. I ask for Your best in my life, and I joyfully give my life to you. Amen.

Author: Kirsten, CCF Contributor
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