And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28
I used to be uncomfortable with this verse. It seemed prosperity gospel-ish to me, and that sort of thing never appealed to me. Sometimes the way it was taught to me came across as, "Love God, and you'll have a good life," which is not scriptural. Love God and you'll have abundant life, yes, but the Bible never tells us life will be happy.
However it was explained to me, I was looking at this truth with the wrong definition of good. I used to think good was happy, easy, or wealthy in relationships, possessions, and experiences. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary offers a definition of good (noun) as "something that is right or good" and good (adj.) as "of high quality." Good things don't have to be easy or happy because good is so much more than that.
Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
~ Psalm 119:73
Psalm 119, as I mentioned yesterday, is all about how good God is and how good His Word is. The reason God's Word is good for us is because He knows what is good for us. And who better than our Creator, who fashioned every element of who we are - physically, mentally, and spiritually?
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
~ Psalm 139:13-16
Our Father in heaven knows best how to give us good in our lives, the kind of good that comes from basking in His goodness as we walk with Him. He was involved in every process of our conception, development, birth, and growth, and no matter how tragic or unexpected those circumstances might have been, He is using them for your good and for my good.
We were never promised happiness or ease, but we can trust the Lord and obey His Word with confidence, knowing that He will give us good - what is right, true, best for us. He will give us abundant life, drawing from the source of Goodness Himself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.