Seek God in Everything

Bob_Anton_Narrow_RoadWe know that “God works all things together for our good.” I’ve heard that bible quote from believers and non-believers alike. But in the face of illness, relationships in crises, abuse, economic uncertainty and even death, how do I come to terms with it? How do I explain its truth? I can’t, because that isn’t what God’s word says. Romans 8:28 says: “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”

That means something entirely different and it isn’t saying something I necessarily wanted to hear. Because, if the good that is purposed, is for those who love God, then where does that leave my friends and family who don’t know Him? It doesn’t say that harm is meant for them but they aren’t included in the promise either. It doesn’t say that good won’t come from their experiences but, there is no assurance that it will either. So now what? Where does that leave me in this mess that is life right now?

Well, Jesus said, “Follow Me.” And as a Christian I need to do just that. So if Jesus submitted Himself to the Father’s will, then that is what I must do. And if Jesus sought the Father’s plan, path and purpose, so should I. God is a loving Father and although He may not reveal His plan and purpose for many of the hardships we experience in this life, He gives us opportunity to learn something of Him and of ourselves in everything. So what am I supposed to learn? I’m learning that I have a long way to go in my attitude toward hardship to be more transformed into the image of Christ. I’ve learned that it is my responsibility to share, not necessarily my struggles but certainly, the lessons I’ve learned from them in order that God’s grace can be seen in my life and He can be glorified.

So, while our parents are very sick. And work is hard. And my sister struggles with an abusive relationship. And I walk alongside a dying friend. And I say the wrong things. And I let my emotions get the better of me. And I’m tired sometimes…. well actually, a lot. I repeat over and over to myself that God is sovereign and He is good and He loves me and I love Him. And I know that He works all this for His purpose and for my good and just maybe… theirs too. Maybe I won’t experience the “good” in this life but certainly, in eternity. When I was recently asked by someone (who knows what’s on my plate but, who isn’t a believer) for an explanation of “Why aren’t you crumbling and angry under the weight of this life?” “How come you’re ok?” I was prepared to answer that God is in control and He is working all this for my good because, He loves me. Because, He called me for His purpose. Because, I believe what Proverbs 3:5-6 says and I trust in Him with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding but acknowledge Him in all my ways and He will set my path straight. Because, He chose me, He loves me and He has proven (and will continue to prove) that His promise is true.

He says in Isaiah 41:13: “For I am the Lord your God. It is I (God) who grasps your right hand. It is I (God) who says to you fear not – I (God) will help you.” And He does, because in the end, it isn’t me and truth be told I would crumble. But I’m ok… better, I’m blessed. It is all God. I can do all things (these things) through Christ who strengthens me.

So I guess that the challenge is to seek God in everything and to seek out the lessons that God has for me in what He allows me to experience, then share them. In order that God’s grace, mercy, strength, love and sovereignty are made apparent in my life, so that other people will seek to trust Him too.

Thank you for the opportunity to share with you what God is teaching me,
Kathe Anton, Christian Motorcyclists Association
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