“We know that for those who love God all things work together for good.” – Romans 8:28
No matter what our situations may be, or how complicated our life circumstances get; we have the assurance that all things will work out for our good. When we are faced with life’s crises, seemingly intractable problems and we cannot figure out a way out of our dilemma, it is at these times that we need to caution ourselves that we should not give in to worry and doubt but to turn to God in faith and believe that our problems will be resolved by Him for our own good.
Even though within our own reasoning and abilities we cannot figure out how the problem or problems will be sorted out, or how it will all work out for our good, we just have to count on God to work things out for us. In fact, He has already worked it out; did He not say “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” – Isaiah 65:24.
The prayer of Psalm 139:
1. O lord, you have searched me, and known me.
2. You know my sitting down and my uprising, thou understand my thought afar off.
3. You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
4. For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
5. You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
7. Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8. If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
9. If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10. Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12. Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
13. For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvellous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15. My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skilfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
17. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18. If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
God created us and knows us everything about us. No matter where we are, or in whatever situation we find ourselves, God is there and has a handle on every thing that is happening in our lives. As humans, we develop our own strategies and plans to figure a way out of certain situations or predicaments. We think if we do this or do that, we can resolve the problem and overcome the challenge. However, this reliance on our own intellect alone may not be sufficient to see us through. We need to pray and turn our problems over to the creator who knows everything about us, and having done this we can count on our creator to inspire us on what to do or the steps to take to get out of our predicament.
Everything will work out. We cannot and should not get upset with how God works it out. We should instead understand that how God works things out is perfect for our good. We may not welcome the outcome initially as it may not meet our expectations, and it may well even hurt, but ultimately everything is going to be all right. Things will continue to work out for our good.
God is all knowing and so has all the answers, so we should be patient and not get anxious. We must really let go and let him do it for us. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” – Isaiah 26:3. God’s time is not our time and his ways are not our ways. The timing and means of resolving issues are up to him. While we wait on him to work things out for us, we must pray for patience and guidance.
It is important to let go and let God. We should be willing to wait, and not give up or try to work things out ourselves. Once we are able to do this, we can be sure that we will see God’s goodness manifest in our lives.
As the mammy wagon philosopher writes boldly on some lorries “GOD IS IN CONTROL”. Therefore, we should be encouraged in our situations, because regardless of how impossible it may seem, things will work out.