“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
I am so thankful to the Lord for the promise found in Romans 8:28. It’s been able to get me through some of the most difficult seasons of my life. Being assured that God is working everything out for my ultimate wellbeing has given me comfort when I needed it the most. Even though God intends for us to grasp onto this promise every single day and through every situation, I think many of us merely tend to reach for it in the midst of major trials, or when something life changing happens. However, we can also cling to this verse in our everyday lives as we experience those daily frustrations we all face.
When you’re rushing out the door and can’t find your keys. When you’re carrying the groceries in and one of the bags breaks. When you press the elevator button to go down and it goes up. When things like this happen, we can find peace, and maybe even a little patience, in knowing that God doesn’t just say the big things work together for good, He says “ALL THINGS” work together for good to those who love God. He is working through all of our human circumstances, both minor and major, to accomplish His purpose in the lives of those who love Him and have responded to His call.
We serve such an incredible God and we need to be thanking Him for everything, even the things we may see as inconveniences. After all, we never know what He might be protecting us from, leading us to, or teaching us.
One of my favorite stories that illustrate God’s sovereignty in our everyday ordinary lives is recorded in first Samuel. In chapters 9 and 10, we find Saul and his servant looking for his father’s lost donkeys. For days they search and journey through the land, but can’t find the donkeys. Saul’s servant suggests seeking out the prophet Samuel, in the hope that he might be able to tell them which way they should go to continue their search. Unbeknownst to Saul, “the Lord had told Samuel in his ear the day before Saul came, saying, ‘Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him commander over My people Israel.’”(1 Samuel 9:15,16).
Nothing in a believer’s life just happens or is a coincidence. God used a search for lost donkeys, which I’m sure was frustrating and an inconvenience to Saul, as an opportunity for Samuel to anoint Saul as Israel’s first king. God’s sovereignty is truly amazing! How reassuring it is to know that God is working out the smallest details to the largest circumstances to accomplish His purpose in our lives. Now, I don’t know what God has up His sleeve when I get lost going somewhere, or when I burn (or drop) the dessert I was making. And I don’t think I’m going to know, until I get to heaven, what far reaching effects all of my experiences had on not only my life, but others’ lives as well. What I do know now, is that the Lord is directing my steps (Proverbs 16:9) and that all things, even the little things, are working together for my good (Romans 8:28).