“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).
Real knowing is when the facts have been brought down to and incorporated in the experience level of living. This scriptural truth can at times be so comforting and other times so frustrating. It will help us to notice that between the “all thins” and “the good” is the indication of the passage of time. During this passage of time, “God works.” This action moves toward an objective of completion, “together.” This calls for the power of positive faith and trust that can sustain us in a waiting period.
Another scripture that reinforces this principle is “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this…” (Psalm 37:4-5, NIV). Just as the “all things” includes all outward circumstances, “your way” includes all attitudes and actions that come from within us. If we are committed, or called, to the eternal purpose of God, which is to ultimately rule and reign with Him, and are vowed to unwavering love of Him, regardless of present situations, we can trust the working. It is a promise that he will bring things to bear on us to help conform our character and personality into Christlikeness (Romans 8:29). This often happens through circumstances as they develop around relationships. Our inner reactions to these outward circumstances and relationships produce our personal actions. Whether we always do exactly what is right or not, if we remain committed to Him and continue to believe, we can trust the working while we are waiting.
Joseph is an outstanding example. He was foreordained for a special work, yet it looked like everything went wrong and that everyone was moving along better than he was. Suffering, rejected, lonely, deprived, misrepresented, misused – all these descriptive adjectives that could precede his name, hurt. Looking back it is easy for us to put it all in believable order. The “all things” – Joseph’s ways – the waiting, the power of passive faith to sustain until time for fulfillment – they’re all there. His inner reactions to outward circumstances and relationships seem to have stayed aligned to God’s way. He trusted the working until it all worked together.
In David’s life we see an example of a different sort. He reacted wrongly in relationships and circumstances when he numbered the people and in his affair with Bathsheba. In repentance, after the transgression of numbering the people, he bought a parcel of ground to build an altar. It was on this plot of ground that Solomon, son of David and Bathsheba, built the grandiose temple. David was called to God’s eternal purpose. He loved God and was committed to Him. Even in human weakness as a result, his “ways” were still committed and his faith could sustain him while waiting for all things to work together. The promise of God was sure, in spite of all circumstances. Jesus was born of the lineage of David.
Waiting during the working is not easy. However, regardless of other circumstances, you can know He is at work in your life. Yield victoriously to the circumstances. Read Psalm 37 and be encouraged!
Trust the working.