Rev. Milton Gardner
There is a well-known verse of scripture which has been a comfort to me, but, at the same time has been a mystery. The verse is Romans 8:38, Paul says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
Please note, the verse does not say, “all things work together for good.” To begin to understand, the whole verse is vitally important. Paul qualifies his assertion by adding, “. . . to them who love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”
How could anyone possibly believe “all things work together for good.” We live in a world of multiple tragedies and sorrow. I believe most of the hurts of our world are just that, hurts and grief. Sometimes the tragedies cause us to ask how God could allow such suffering and heartbreak.
We must remember, we are part of a world in which Satan and sin have great power. Most of the heartbreak in our society is the result of sin. Certainly the outcome of sin’s dominion is never good. It is horrible.
The question remains: Why does God allow His own children, the believers in his Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer all things? This is where trust and faith is God’s perfect plan for our lives becomes the guiding light in times of darkness.
Some of the best people I know have lost children in accidents. Godly people get sick and lose their jobs. The saints of God often battle demons and struggle with the hardships of life. Oftentimes, we never know how painful is the path of God’s people.
God does not promise us a life of ease and prosperity. In fact, the very opposite of true. Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). When the difficult days come, and they surely will, “those who love God, and are the called according to His purpose” will shine like stars on a dark night. The writer of Hebrews speaks of God’s servant, Moses, who in the midst of trials, “. . . endured, as seeing him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27b).
Somehow God can strengthen those who love Him. He can so direct the lives of his own that out of the chaos of the world’s storms in our lives, He will bring us to a safe harbor.