“All Things Work Together for Good…”

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The Sunday School of the Plymouth United Church of Christ, Detroit, Mi. outside  the Congress of  the United States

 

Encouraging a depressed person who has lost everything that somehow, some way, the Lord will turn things around and ultimately will work for good, can be a tall order.  Yet, this is exactly what Paul is saying in the eighth chapter of the  Letter to the Romans:

Romans 8: 28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. [1]

Paul qualifies his comment on all things working together for good” by adding, “for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose…”  I do not ever remember having a totally, “Bad day.”  I have had some tough days, embarrassing days, and lonely days, but without fail, things have always worked out.  This does not mean that I somehow escape misery and suffering, without some difficulty.  What it does mean is that somehow the good Lord is always aware and on top of our situation, no matter how large or small we think it might be.

This is all well and good until you are the one who has to cope with a divorce, cancer, trembling with Parkinson’s Disease, a son or daughter who refuses to come to their senses and “Pushes the limit” on every large and small item.  How do you tell any of these folk that somehow things will work out?

All I know is that in my life, things have a way of working out.  I cannot always see the horizon, but  when I take one baby step at a time, somehow things workout.  When it happens, all I can say is this, “Once again the Lord has made a way for me”!  Let me give  you a real life example of how “All things work together for good…”

The Sunday School at my church has been raising funds for a year and a half to “Visit the White House.” They really wanted to meet the president and his family.  As things turned out, even with the assistance of three members of congress, our children were not approved for a tour of the White House.  We took the trip anyway and it was an unqualified success. 125 person participated, which made it the largest attendance for any church trip from my congregation.  We still toured Washington, DC, the congress, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial and yes, we peered through the fence at the White House!  It was great.  The children had a ball of a time and I am sure they will never forget this experience.  In real life, my Sunday School learned that “All things work together for good for those who love God…”

If you are going through a tough time, my encouragement to you is that you hang in there, pray to the Lord for strength and courage, that you might face your “Goliath”, and never look back!

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Why do you think that the Apostle Paul taught that, “All things work together for good”?
  2. What logic would you use to encourage a depressed person to better understand the ultimate goodness of God?

 

Prayer:

Lord, even in the worst of times, remind me of your promise that somehow, some way, all things will work out for good for those who love you.  Lord, help me to work through the moment, teach me to look for the bright lining in every cesspool of pain and suffering.  Teach me to not only dream, but to work for the best life possible- not only for myself, but also for those who feel left out, left behind and let down.  Remind each of us Lord that your death on the cross is the ultimate sacrifice and that your blood has paid the price for salvation without end.  Through Jesus Christ our Lured and Savior we pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ro 8:28–30). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.