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.
How many times have you said you knew something, only to forget it a short time after? For example, you confidently raise your hand in class to answer a question only to forget the answer as soon as the teacher calls on you. Our memories can hold onto an insignificant detail from the past, but we often forget the things we say we know as soon as we are called to live them out. Paul said we know these things to be true, and we would probably all agree with the statement he made in this passage. But when we are faced with trials, temptation, and heartache, the truth feels so foreign.
When you read a book or watch a movie, it is often from what is called “God’s eye view.” It’s where you see the world from the perspective of someone who is not physically there interacting with the characters but instead observing the interactions. We see the whole story play out with the conflict and ultimate resolution, often coming together with a neat bow. This is not a perspective we are privileged with in life. We see the world from our lens, with our feelings, baggage, and context. God is all-knowing and outside of time. He sees all things, how every moment comes together for His purpose. Part of knowing these words to be true means trusting God when it doesn’t make sense in the moment. God knows our limits. He hears our cries when life does not make sense or seem to have any purpose. Will we take Him at His word today? Will we dare to have faith in He who holds our future? Will we share our hurts and struggles and trust Him to do a restoring work once again?
- What is a movie you can think of that has a “God’s eye view?” How does it feel when you see all the conflicts resolved? How is this different from our life?
- How can we remind ourselves of this hope that we know? What would it look like to trust that these words of Scripture are true?
- Pray and talk to God about the areas in your life where it is difficult to see how He is working all things out. Ask Him to give you hope and a deeper trust in His truth today.