God Makes Good Use Out of the Things You Don’t Like

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 76

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

–Romans 8:28 (ESV)

God has his plans for souls, and he executes them happily, even under these dark veils. By “veils,” I mean such things as failures, physical infirmities, spiritual weaknesses, etc. In the hands of God, everything succeeds, everything turns out well. God uses even those things that grieve our human nature. He makes them tools in the accomplishment of his highest purposes: “All things work together unto good for those who, according to His purpose, are called to be saints.”

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

It should be no surprise to see Jean Pierre de Caussade quote Romans 8:28. Much of his writings that we have been studying are simply a commentary on this verse. In him we can see a man who truly believed this verse, and urged everyone to believe it, and to follow it to its logical conclusion. If everyone did this, everyone would abandon themselves to divine providence, all the time.

The difficulty we often face is that we want to define the word “good” rather than letting God define it. God’s definition is not hard to find; it is in the very next verse: “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” (Romans 8:29).

If conformity to Christ is your goal, you will know his power to accomplish it. Then, simply trust that power, even when you do not feel it. Even when you cannot see any benefit to your pain, or how it might conform you to Christ. Trust that God is effective with any tool he uses. As soon as it is in his hand, it becomes the best tool to work with.

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