Most of the time, we have a very poor definition of good. We read Romans 8:28, and we think of our own definition of good…
Good to us is a well-frosted piece of cake. Good to us is a plush, cushioned recliner. Good to us is sitting on the beach with an ice-cold sweet tea. Good to us is when we wake up with clear sinuses, no aches/pains and low blood pressure. Good to us is when we have some extra in our bank account for some fun purchases this month.
While these things are not bad…it shows we have little idea of how good the goodness of God truly is. God’s goodness is more than this.
Joni-Eareckson Tada (a diving accident at 17 left her without use of her hands/legs…is now CEO of Joni & Friends International Disability Center, famous artist using her mouth, & international speaker) said this:
“God cares most – not about making us comfortable – but about teaching us to hate our sins, grow up spiritually, and love him. To do this, HE gives us salvation’s benefits only gradually, sometimes painfully gradually. In other words, he lets us continue to feel much of sin’s sting while we’re headed for heaven…where at last, every sorrow we taste will one day prove to the be best possible thing that could have happened.”
You see, God operates from a whole different level. Not limited by time & space; Unlimited knowledge & power that has no bounds
BUT Put all these together and just TRY to doubt that God can accomplish Romans 8:28 in our difficulties.
Sure, good can be seen when life is riding on unicorns on rainbows while eating skittles. But when life gets hard – that’s when we really see God work in miraculous ways.
God can orchestrate his plans, interweaving through the evils of this world, pulling decisions and circumstances from the past, present & future…allowing difficulties, exercising patience…and HE IS ABLE TO MAKE IT GOOD.
That’s my God – NOTHING can stop Him from accomplishing His goodness. None of these things stopped God from producing good in Joseph’s life. And NOTHING will stop him from producing good in your life either.