For The Good

I don’t believe

 

that when God says

He works

all things

for the good,

 

 

that He means

 

He gives us brokenness

and then calls it good

 

I don’t believe that

 

I believe that

when God says

He works

all things

for the good

 

He means

 

that for those who love Him,

He takes our brokenness

in this broken world

 

and He uses it for good

 

He redeems it

 

He uses

difficult

and harsh

and sad

and awful

 

and changes hearts

heals wounds

teaches

 

and makes something beautiful

 

He wraps His loving arms

around the worst

 

and when He opens His arms

we find that the worst

 

looks like good

 

– Susie Stewart

 

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

– Romans 8:28 (NIV)

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

– Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

 

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

God knew what He was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love Him along the same lines as the life of His Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity He restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in Him. After God made that decision of what His children should be like, He followed it up by calling people by name. After He called them by name, He set them on a solid basis with Himself. And then, after getting them established, He stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what He had begun.

– Romans 8:28-30 (MSG)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

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2 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on thelifeididntchoose and commented:
    This sister speaks my heart. It may seem a subtle difference to some who have yet to face unspeakable horror and pain-but it is an important one. Thank you Susie for your faithful witness and your prayerful heart in sharing what God is showing you.

    Reply

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement, Melanie, and for re-posting! ❤

      Reply

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