The mentality of the world will try to deceive us into believing that, but that is far from God’s Word. Although we may be in situations that seem terrible, like the sun will never come out again, maybe dealing with the lost of a child, the lost of a parent, a family member or relative, or a close friend, we can end up thinking that God is so far from us. However, we must always remember that collectively, ALL things work together for good to those who love God. Even if it is not immediately seen, that is a promise from God we must rest and rely upon.

Now, the second part that is often overlooked is “those called according to His purpose.” Looking at Jesus on the cross, people can be heartbroken over His crucifixion and wonder how God could allow this to happen to someone He calls His own Son? From a human, lost, pagan perspective, we will not see how the crucifixion of Jesus Christ worked for His good. He was definitely called according to the purpose of God, He truly loved God, yet He died the worse way than anyone else who ever lived. However, the truth of the matter is as painful and hard it is to see Jesus Christ upon the cross, it is the best thing that could have ever happened to mankind since the beginning of time. Jesus Christ came out victorious over sin and death! ALL things worked together for good for Jesus Christ! He became the Savior of the world, the Lord of ALL and today He lives reigning victoriously over our lives.

Now, how about in our lives? God wants to give us victory in all that we do, but it must be according to His purpose. We can easily go on adventures and missions to gain more money, more popularity, and more self-satisfaction, but when we are that full of ourselves, we will never be satisfied. We will just become more and more frustrated until we give up. We will realize what we desire to attain in our flesh is unattainable. 2 Corinthians 13:5 commands us to examine ourselves. The same way we can stand in front of the mirror looking if we gained or lost weight, we should stand in front of our spiritual mirror, the Word of God. Is what we are striving for according to the purpose of God or is it for our own purpose?

I guess a good question before we can answer that is “what is the purpose of God?” We can use Isaiah 58:6 as a reference of God’s will for our purpose: “freeing those who are wrongfully accused, letting the oppressed go free, removing chains that bind people, and so forth,” or Micah 6:8, “to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God,” but there is one key verse that is not found in the Old Testament which is vital to our very existence. In John 6:29, Jesus tells the people, “this is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the One He has sent.” True beliefs lead to actions. When we believe in Jesus Christ, God’s Holy Spirit will naturally lead us to fulfill the desires of God’s heart!

 

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