“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
Have you ever wondered how to be positive when everything seems so negative? As followers of Christ, we can be optimistic because we serve a loving God who is working in every situation, including the negative ones, for our future good. This is not a denial of reality, but a promise from God’s word.
Do you love him? Then God is working in every single situation for our good. For this to be true, there are two profound truths that also must be true:
First, God is in control at all times, past, present, and future. If not, there would be no way he could be working in every situation to bring it about for our ultimate good. Let that sink in. HE IS IN CONTROL.
Second, God must be working even in our negative situations for our good. The verse says “all things.” This means our negative situations, whatever they may be, have the potential to produce a positive purpose.
Let me encourage you that if you are hurting, he is your comfort. If you are confused, he is your guide. If you are discouraged, he is your hope. If you are anxious, he is your peace. If you are weak, he is your strength.
No matter where you go, he is there. No matter what you do, he still loves you. No matter your situation, God is for you, bringing it about for your good. He is working it all for your future, so be encouraged.
Josh Monda pastors First Baptist Church, Washington, Ill.