I got caught driving under the influence…of worry.
I have a confession to make. Recently, while returning home from our local Target, I was driving while fretting. My mind was somewhere other than where it should have been. The flash of the intersection’s red-light camera and the realization that I was in imminent danger of running a red traffic signal roused me from my reverie, and I was able to stop in time, but barely.
I don’t even remember now what I was thinking about, although it was probably one of the kids that captivated my thoughts. I am a worrier, and I come from a long line of worriers. My default button is set to worry. It is my thorn in the flesh, a great weakness. I must continually remind myself that as a child of God, I need not worry. God is Sovereign. He is in control. He watches out for me. He loves me. He cares for me. He is my Heavenly Father. And, the ultimate anti-worry truth:
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
The Gospel is tied to this passage in Romans in a very real way.
“And we…” Who are the we? Those who love God. Those who are called. Those who are called according to His purpose. This promise is for God’s blood-bought children, for those who, because of God’s gracious, effectual calling upon their lives, have laid hold of the Gospel and believed on the Name of the Son of God for a sure salvation.
“And we know…” We can build our lives on this knowledge. It is God-given, a sort of spiritual perception. It is knowledge based on truth, and not necessarily gained experientially. In fact, the very circumstances of our lives may militate against this knowing, but, because we belong to the Sovereign King of the universe, we can know this truth truly, no matter what trials and tribulations we face.
And we know, what? “That God causes all things to work together for good.” All things. In this case, the very things that concern me. My pastor says that God takes the difficulties in our lives and forces them to do good to us. There is an eternal purpose here. Nothing is wasted in God’s economy. All things work according to the counsel of His will and for His glory.
All the promises of God are yes and Amen in Christ Jesus. Therefore, the truth of Romans 8:28 unfolds beautifully inside the Gospel. How does this work itself out in our lives? Simply, no trial is meaningless and every joy, meaningful.
Lord, help me to see your promises as truth and walk in the reality of the Gospel.
By His Grace,
Terrie van Baarsel
(See: I Peter 5:7; Eph. 1:11, 2:4; Gal. 4:6; Matt. 6:25-34, 28:18-20; John 15:9; 2 Cor. 1:20)