Updated: Oct 16, 2021
28 And we know that [q]God [r]causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30)
Being the primary cook at home, I enjoy throwing things together on the fly. It could be a little olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, chili flakes, oregano, while combining it with a sauce and heating the piece of meat over a frying pan making it taste great. Add starch and vegetables and an appealing mixed plate is formed. Now have you tried ingesting any of those ingredients by itself? Yes, it might not be a pleasant experience on your taste buds. Even too much of a sweet sauce can make us cringe.
When God works things out, He doesn’t just work each favorable event or ugly incident out in our lives. Sometimes we don’t get why God puts us in our circumstance, or why we have to face unwanted challenges in life. You see, God doesn’t just work it all out independently, He “causes all things to work together for the good.” Yes, TOGETHER! Just like each ingredient may not be individually tasteful unless mixed in with each other, in the same way, your life is not just made up of isolated incidents, but occurrences that are combined together to form the amazing result of your life.
God already knew you before your birth. And if you are a believer, you were predestined and called by Him. He will also justify your calling so that you would be exalted by His side. God manages the affairs of your life, from before the beginning, unto the end because you are called according to His purpose. Think about this - He doesn’t give up! He does not jump off the bandwagon or take a break from your life. He is busily and intricately working out your situation, where He takes the good, the bad, and lumps it altogether to make it the amazing end story we never could imagine. Please be encouraged that it’s not just in the one, but in the altogether that will produce the best “mixed plate” of life.