Inspiration

The Other Side of the Tapestry

"We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." (Romans 8:28 NLT)

Life often brings you matters that are difficult to swallow, like a sickness, a job loss, or the death of a friend or family member. Those pills are bitter going down, and we often choke on them.

Rest assured, God is up to something good in your life even if you can't see it. He is actively working to bring good out of whatever happens in your life. To hold on to hope in the midst of tough times, you'll need to grab a hold of this truth.

The Bible says it this way, "We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28 NLT).

The Bible isn't saying that every event in your life will be good. You and I both know that's just not true. But it does say that when you put your whole life together, every piece of it works together for good. It's like making a cake. You may not like the taste of each ingredient, but when it's all put together, you can't keep your hands off of it. God wants to bake an amazingly tasty cake with your life, and he wants to use even the distasteful and bitter elements to do it.

God also doesn't say that everything works together "like we want it to" or that every story will have a happy ending. The reality is not every business decision will make you a million dollars. Not every couple who gets married live happily ever after. Not every child will become captain of the football team.

Instead, the verse reminds us that we can have absolute confidence that the Master Designer of the universe causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God. (By the way, if you don't know God, you're not given this promise. It's for "those who love God.")

Hope isn't the same as optimism. It isn't the belief that something bad will turn out well. It's the absolute confidence that every part of your life ultimately makes sense regardless of how it turns out this side of eternity.

From our vantage point, our life looks like a mess at times. But God's view from Heaven isn't the same as ours.

You can't even imagine the good that God has in store for your future. In Jeremiah 29:11 God says, "I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future" (NCV).

Your future is in his hands - and there's no better place for it to be.

Talk It Over

- How does it make you feel that God has worked even the bad experiences of your life out for your good?

- In which experience from your life do you have the most difficult time seeing the good that God will bring from the situation?

- How is Jesus' death on the cross an example of God working out good in a bad situation?

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