Will You Trust Him?
“We throw the words ‘all things’ in Romans 8:28 like a circle around all things. We do honor to God and the finished work of Christ as we put that circle around the whole; God works all things together for good to those who love God, for those who are the called according to His purpose. But to the extent to which we properly throw the term ‘all things’ around all things, it carries with it also the ‘all things’ of Ephesians 5:20, ‘giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father…’ We cannot separate these two. The ‘all things’ of Ephesians 5:20 is as wide as the ‘all things’ of Romans 8:28. It must be giving of thanks for all things—this is God’s standard.”
—Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality
The Christian has a hope that a non-Christian cannot have. It is the hope that everything in this life is meaningful. Nothing is outside his control. There are no surprises to God, even if we can’t ever find consistency. And because Jesus is alive, every single thing is both something that he will work out for the good of those who love him and something to give thanks for. The good and the bad find their home here. He’s not asking us to understand how that works. We can’t. Our minds are too small to see such grandeur. He’s asking us to trust that it is true.
Will you trust him?