"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
I made this succulent sign with Isabella this past weekend on a mommy & me craft day. We did a couple different ones and they were so fun to make! But I was talking with a friend today about the verse above and the devotional I read this morning and for some reason the word "AND" came up in my thoughts and It was so powerful that I wanted to share it with you here:
The devotional is called "Work Together" and it was out of the Our Daily Bread for today's date:
"My wife makes an amazing pot roast dinner. She takes raw meat, along with raw sliced white and sweet potatoes, celery, mushrooms, carrots, and onions and throws them into the slow cooker. Six or seven hours later the aroma fills the house, and the first taste is a delight. It is always to my advantage to wait until the ingredients in the slow cooker work together to achieve something they could not achieve individually.
When Paul used the phrase “work together” in the context of suffering, he used the word from which we get our word synergy. He wrote, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). He wanted the Romans to know that God, who didn’t cause their suffering, would cause all their circumstances to cooperate with His divine plan—for their ultimate good. The good to which Paul referred was not the temporal blessings of health, wealth, admiration, or success, but being “conformed to the image of [God’s] Son” (v. 29).
May we wait patiently and confidently because our heavenly Father is taking all the suffering, all the distress, all the evil, and causing them to work together for His glory and our spiritual good. He wants to make us like Jesus."
“All things” (Rom. 8:28) is a phrase that treats the seemingly good and bad events of life as a whole. The idea is that there is a dynamic interaction between the good and bad to bring a desired outcome, though this positive outcome may not yet be visible. If we consider a young man nailed to a cross dying in agony, we might wonder if anything good could be found there. But if we understand that this is Jesus Christ atoning for the sins of those who love Him, we can see how even this terrible event worked together for good. God works for “the good” of those who are true believers in Jesus Christ. They demonstrate the authenticity of their faith because they respond back with love to the One who first loved them (1 John 4:19).
This great devotional was by Marvin Williams
Don't you love that? This was so perfect for me right now! It says "May we wait patiently & confidently before our Heavenly Father." He is working EVERYTHING together for our good. (Romans 8:28.)
We've heard that verse so many times right? But today's devotional spoke to me very loudly! That there is a purpose and a "synergy" between the good AND the bad in our lives to bring out a positive outcome. Just like the "bad" of Jesus being nailed to a cross, working that out for GOOD for those who believe! So it is ALL working out to come together for His DIVINE purpose! Wow. That is something to look forward too!! That in the waiting, in the pain, even in the good stuff... it's ALL there to conform us into the image of Jesus. He is growing us.
And He is still good...
There were three verses they wanted you to meditate on and I encourage you to look them up and see what the Lord is trying to teach you through them:
1 Peter 5:10
I hope that blesses you as much as it did me today!
The growth we gain from waiting on God is often greater than the answer or result we desire.