all things work together
“All things work together…” I got really tired of hearing that for awhile. I see it differently now. I don’t think all things ARE good, or that God somehow magically flips everything to a positive for us. But when I hear that verse, I think of this:
Gen 1:1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.6And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” 7So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. 9And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. 11Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
In the beginning… the earth was without form and void…
(Talk about a bad situation!)
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters…
(And God stepped in…)
Is it any wonder then that we sometimes don’t see what good God may create in the bleakest of our situations while we’re in the midst of them? Yet if God could move into the bleakest of situations in Gen 1:1 and do what He did, surely He can move into my situation and make something good out of my life. That’s my hope in the darkest times, one of the promises I hold fast to. Bad situation. Very bad. Looked like there was no fixing it. And God said… and God said… and God said, and it was, and He saw that it was good. 31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thirty verses. And then the Bible says It was very good. Not something only God could see was good at that point. Something we have all seen was good for millennia.
Rom 8:28 (NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.