We can trust God
…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 (NIVUK)
On the one hand Paul’s statement, in the scripture quoted above, is very encouraging, but sometimes it can be hard to believe. It is a bold, powerful and strong promise that leaves no room for halfway trust.
As Christians we love God and the way we live our lives demonstrates that we have been called by him, and yet we may experience all manner of trials, setbacks and, quite frankly, bad things. Some are going through life threatening illnesses. Others have lost jobs or loved ones, and many Christians around the world suffer persecution for their faith. How can we know that Paul’s statement: ‘…in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’ is true? How can we trust God wholeheartedly when bad things happen to Christians?
The reason is Jesus. Two thousand years ago, God came into this broken world in human flesh and loved us, taught us, healed us, served us – and we hated him for it. So much so, we crucified him. On the darkest day in human history we chose evil and put the Son of God to death. But God was right there on that day. God was working with our malice and our evil for good. Through the horrors of the crucifixion came the most complete expression of God’s love and forgiveness for the humanity he created.
When Peter preached about Jesus only months after his death, he said, “…God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life…” (Acts 2:23-24 NLT).
If God could bring good out of the horrific death of his dearly beloved Son, then we can be assured he can also bring good out of the bad things that we experience. We don’t know how every situation will specifically work for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose, but God does. Knowing this means we don’t have to work things out for ourselves; we don’t have to make sure we always win, or try to orchestrate the ending we long for. The resurrection of Jesus is our future, is our perfect ending. It shows we can trust that the one who did not spare his own Son, is for us and not against us (Romans 8:31-32).
Father, even when things look dire, you are there, working for our good. Thank you for being a faithful God whom we can trust. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study by Barry Robinson
About the writer:
Barry Robinson is a minister in Grace Communion International
and Regional Pastor for Southern England.
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