And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28.
I have heard this verse quoted countless times from a young boy till now, in sermons, in Sunday school lessons, in school chapel, etc. I would hear my parents quote it in times of uncertainty and in times of praise. I knew enough back then to know that it was used to encourage people or to just give a little extra assurance that things would be okay and that “it would all work out”. I remember hearing a preacher give an illustration about a man, who as he prayed told God “that he did not like flour, or baking soda, or salt, or margarine, etc, etc, but he smiled as he said , but mix them all up and put them in the oven for a while, and boy I sure do like hot biscuits!”
As I draw closer to God, and the more I trust him, and lean on him in full dependency, I am assured in knowing that ALL THINGS do work together for good to them that love God. Because, when we depend on him and trust him in obedience to his will in full surrender to it, it shows our love for him. Our love for God is a bi-product of our faith in God, and Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please him. How things work out is not based on whether you or I agree with the outcome, or whether we like the way in which the Lord is working it out, but rather as we love him and wholly trust that he has a purpose, we can confidently know that he will work it out for good.