“28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. “(NRSV)
In Adam Hamilton’s Half Truths, Rev. Hamilton pointed out one that is commonly believed, “God won’t give us more than we can handle.” While I don’t believe God brings evil into our lives, I do believe life does. When terrible things happen, we look for someone and something to blame. The truth is, terrible things happen because we live in an imperfect world.
Satan is loose and sometimes life sucks. It is in the suckiest moments of life that it helps to remember Romans 8:28’s promise. All things working together for good necessitates a loving relationship with God and being “called according to his purpose.” When we love God more than ourselves, our perspective changes from inward to outward. When we realize we are all called to a higher purpose, we stop making excuses and start creating opportunities for success.
May God help us choose love, stop making excuses and trust God to work all things “together for the good.”