There’s a wonderful promise in the Bible for all Christians to receive and hold on to:
“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.” (Romans 8:28)
As we journey through this time on planet Earth, it’s difficult to comprehend that all things in our lives are working together for good. There have been so many missteps, wrong decisions, foolish actions, willful sins and embarrassing situations that have led to life-altering circumstances, how can these actually “work” for our “good” at the very time that they are occurring? We can comprehend God’s forgiveness in these areas after the fact, and because he forgives us, we understand that he can ultimately turns things around for our benefit. But to actually attribute some sort of nebulous “goodness” to all of these failures almost seems sacrilegious, until one views it from the perspective of eternity.
From God’s point of view, our short existence in this life is nothing more than …
“… a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (James 4:14)
Yet, our life has such eternal consequences when it comes to spiritual matters.
As the writer to the Hebrews stated, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31)
But, as Christians, we need not fear because…
“… we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” (Hebrews 10:39)
We do not rest in our own ability to live our life in sinless perfection, but rather rest in the faith of God’s promise to “preserve us unto his heavenly kingdom”! As the Psalmist wrote:
“Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” (Psalms138:6-8)
These are fantastic promises that reveal the true nature of God! Paul the apostle, who also endured much suffering and was ever mindful of his own weaknesses, echoed these promises when he boldly admonished the church:
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 1:6)
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” (1Thessalonians 5:24)
For some reason, all of this reminds me of a story I read years ago.
When the holographic industry was in its infancy, a group of researchers were able to create a holographic image onto a transparent glass plate. In wonderful detail, it revealed a cruise ship in all of its extraordinary, three dimensional splendor.
The researchers then decided to conduct an experiment and see what would happen to the image if they broke the plate into a number of pieces. To their amazement, instead of each piece showing a small section of the ship (like the piece on a typical jigsaw puzzle), each individual piece showed a 3D image of the entire ship … but from a different angle.
And, from an eternal perspective, that’s very similar to how God views us. He sees our entire lives at a glance. And, in the midst of the history of the world (from the time of Adam to the second return of Christ), our individual life will appear as a single piece of an eternal puzzle.
And just like that broken piece of a hologram, your individual walk with Christ will show in marvelous detail the glory of God’s goodness and grace. And also just like that hologram, instead of a cruise ship, your completed life on this planet will reveal in its entirety the manifest glory of God … yet from a different and unique point of view … yours! As the Word of God so beautifully proclaims:
“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward (you) through Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:7)
Your life, as revealed in its entirety, will stand out for all eternity testifying of the mercy, grace and love which is found in Christ Jesus!
That is how all things are working together for your good in this life … regardless of what you may temporarily view as either good or bad at any given time.
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2Corinthians 4:16)