And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose
that God causes
God is specifically directing the events that come barging into our lives. God is planning our course of instruction for our conformity to Jesus Christ. He plans and He allows, but there is the active involvement of God in the things that come to the Christian. If it has happened to you and you are a believer, then it is a blessing. You have to cooperate with God to find that blessing to be good. It is your choice as to whether you see it this way or not.
causes: The word causes is the Greek word sunergo, which means literally “to work with.” God works with the events that are taking place in our lives to turn them into something that will work out for our good. It is an amazing thing that God is powerful enough to not need to come against or interrupt what is happening but to work with it. He sandwiches an opportunity in the midst of our lives. He works with us and with the events themselves to twist them so that we are able to have good and not just the pile of rocks that would naturally come.
He did not lose the joystick on the plan of your life and let you slip into some unknown catastrophe. He is your shepherd who has planned this route for you before time began. Yes, what happened to you may be evil, unfair, exceedingly difficult and yet hidden in it is a good of incredible value. You must find the good. This event is not random. It may have been meant for evil by those who are human, but just as Joseph eventually came to see his brothers selling him into slavery as a good thing because he saw and embraced the plan and purpose of God, he said to his brothers, “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.”
What we must be aware of is the goal of the planning and the causing that God is doing. The good that He is scheming to produce is not our materialistic or personal good; it is conformity to the character of Christ, it is the reproduction and expansion of the divine nature in us. The good He is after is characterized by the beatitudes: poor in spirit, mourning, meekness, hunger and thirst after righteousness, mercy, purity, peacemaking, mature faith. He is after these things and will not settle with something less. This is the good!
Also the summam bonnum of the Christian is knowing Christ personally and our Heavenly Father. He is after driving us to a greater personal apprehension of Himself.
Every day God is trying to bless us with all the things that He injects or allows into our lives. But we so often do not have the conspiracy of good perspective. Think about this: Today there will be a series of things happen to you that God has been planning from before the foundation of the world that are designed to be good in your life and accomplish the purpose and plan of God. Look for these good things. Cooperate with these good things. Find the good things. You will have to shovel through a lot of bad things or odd things because God’s plans are not our plans. He is after our soul’s good and ultimate good
to work together for good
He is so powerful as to be able to use an evil for good. He is so powerful to birth out of an unfair situation a good, almost as though it were magic! You just have to be looking for it. You have to be ready for it so you can seize it as it comes along.
In order for God to preserve the Egyptians and the Israelites in the time of Joseph, He had Joseph sold into slavery and thrown into prison. You would think that there had to be some other way like sending the right amount of rain or having the crops produce better so that there would not be a famine. But for some reason those possibilities were not actualized.
There is a bigger purpose in what is happening to you if you will just see it and seize it; if you will just look for the blessing and embrace the sovereignty of God. There is a conspiracy of God to work out good to those in this world who will believe in Him and who will look for the good hidden in the selfishness and sin of this planet. Yes, God gives us a choice and our world has used that choice to destroy itself; but God, in His infinite mercy, has hidden good in even the evil choices of men.
* This material is copyrighted © by Gil Stieglitz who retains all rights to the material. The verses quoted are taken from the NASB Bible 1995 edition.