“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.
Life is not an easy journey. We will experience times of sadness and sorrow, and there will be times in which we have absolutely no idea what is going on. Though we may not realize it, everything we experience is part of God’s plan. Paul wrote to the church in Rome that everything we experience, whether it be good or bad, will ultimately work together for good. Paul reminds us that no matter how bad the situation is, God can and will bring good out of it.
Paul was a man that knew a thing or two about being in bad situations. Immediately after his conversion to Christianity, he was chased out of town by a group of men that wanted to kill him. In fact, he was forced to leave under the cover of night, and had to be lowered from the city gate hidden in a basket. In all of his missionary journeys, he encountered great hardships. He was beaten, almost stoned to death, nearly torn apart by a riotous mob, arrested, imprisoned, beaten again, shipwrecked, bitten by a poisonous snake, put on house arrest, and eventually beheaded. Despite everything that Paul encountered, he had enough faith in God to understand that it was all part of God’s plan. Though Paul wasn’t able to see the big picture, he knew that God would not leave him high and dry; Paul knew that God would bring good out of the situation, just as He had done for Joseph in the Old Testament.
We must have faith in God when we are going through the valleys and trials of our lives. Though things may be tough and we may not understand what is going on, we must remember that God is in control. He will bring the situation to an end and He will bring good out of even the worst situations. We cannot see the big picture, but God is in control nonetheless. He will not let His people suffer, He will turn our pain into rejoicing.