And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. —Romans 8:28
Loving God and my assurance of His purpose for my life keep me trusting Him day by day. The love of God is like the “super glue” that holds the broken vessels and other cracked and damaged items together. Sometimes it’s as if I’m wearing a glaring LED sign that reads, FRAGILE! HANDLE WITH CARE!
How many of us have been broken, felt unloved and rejected? We’ve made countless mistakes. Probably had a ton of dysfunctional relationships. Family and households have crumbled under the pressures of life. No doubt, like me, many of you have faced, and still face the destructive tornado-like challenges life brings. And at some point you’ve probably questioned God’s love for you. However, the question is not about God’s love for you, but your love for God. Your love for God can be measured by how you handle the bad and ugly and unpleasantness of life. Too many Christians throw in the towel and give up hope…they stop trusting and believing that with God ALL things are possible. You can’t grow weary just because you don’t see immediate results. God is all powerful and faithful.
We misquote Romans 8:28 frequently or emphasized it to mean more than it says. It should be read along with the next two paragraphs. Apostle Paul does not promise that only “good” or “pleasurable” things will come to the Christian. Have you read all that happened to him? (2 Corinthians 11:16-33). But what he does tell us is that even the difficult experiences—trouble, calamity, persecution, hunger, destitution, dangerous circumstances and situations, and even the threat of death— does not mean God no longer loves us. It’s a deceptive scheme of the enemy to convince you that God doesn’t love because of life’s adversity. What Apostle Paul wants us to know is that God in His sovereignty uses the bad and ugly—He uses it all to bring to pass His plan for good—our good. And best of all, nothing can separate us from the love of God. Always remember it’s about God’s purposes. Think of it like this: He chose you to be a part of His purpose for the good of “those” (not just you alone), who love, who have been called according to His purpose. What you’re going through is also for someone else’s good. That someone loves God and has been called according to His purpose. Of course, in our finiteness, we can’t fully comprehend God’s sovereignty, and how He orchestrates; it is too great for us to attain. Therefore, we should just believe in, rely on, adhere to, and put our confidence in His power and authority to bring it to pass (whatever it is!) From this perspective, I will keep trusting Him, loving Him and for sure, obeying His commands. That is the evidence of His ‘super glue’ love that holds this fragile vessel together, and makes us inseparable. Awesome!