“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
Romans 8:28-30 NKJV
When I consider these verses, I must also consider what Jesus did for us on the cross. I do not have words to do justice to the magnitude of His sacrifice on that dark day. He left the glory He knew with the Father, to come to earth, live life in humble flesh and pay the price for sins that were not His. He willfully humbled Himself, willfully became a baby, dependent and vulnerable, yet fully God, walked through day to day life, demonstrating the epitome of meekness. He was the firstborn among many, meaning the first to be glorified. Because of His sacrifice, I will be glorifed one day, soon.
Life is hard, as the our bodies are subject to entropy, slow degradation, as we die one cell at a time, one day at a time. On that journey, it is easy to feel the pain and the struggle and wonder what good there is to it. In the moment, it all seems to be a waste of time, hopeless. It is especially difficult in the flesh, a state of the unbelieving. For the those in the world, life is a endless, and hopeless pursuit of things passing away. We invest our money in things that decay, rust and need constant attention to retain their value.
In Christ, we invest in the eternal, in treasure that goes on before us. Even the trials and tribulations we suffer are for our good. I know this all too well. In the many things that have happened in my life, I have seen God take the momentary affliction and make great gain from it. I have been refined, and more productive. It is like a apple tree being pruned. The trimming brings more fruit and much more abundance.
In light of that reality I truly know that all things work together for my good, for I love God, and am called according to His purpose. This is something that I am clinging to these days, as it appears that our world is changing, devolving, and the future unclear.
Believers, we are facing many things these days as we go through unprecented times. Even in the midst of uncertainty, we can lean on the certainty of God. He has it all planned out, and He will execute His plan. He will not fail. He has predestined us, He has called us, He has justified us, and He will glorify us. One day, we will shed these bodies of woe and join Jesus in eternity. In the time that we have left, we must be about the spreading of the Gospel, telling many of Jesus dying on the cross, His burial, of the risen Lord leaving the tomb on the third day. Tell people that their sins can be forgiven, that they can go to Heaven and not hell.
We must lean on His everlasting love. We will face much in coming days, weeks, and months. We know that God is in control in the midst of it all.
“As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:36-39 NKJV