God’s Prevailing Purpose

Romans 8:28, And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.

Many of us have probably read this passage dozens of times, and it’s rather comforting. But as comforting as it is, it may also leave us confused and inquisitive, especially the phrase “all things.” In this life we live with pain and tribulation, during which times we may doubt God’s presence, let alone believe that some good will come out of our terrible experiences. So how can we take comfort in this Word even when it’s difficult to believe God is present?

God has known us since before the day we were born, literally. David reflected on this, saying, “My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:15-16). God has known you since before you were even conceived. This is an amazing concept to consider. Not only does it have certain implications about the evils of abortion, but it also shows the depths of God’s omniscience and His love for you.

As God’s chosen, you have been given a purpose. That purpose is to remain in God’s grace no matter the trials you endure so long as you trust in His promise in Christ. His purpose is that you spend eternity with Him in our heavenly home, where we shall ultimately see God’s purpose in all His glory.

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