We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. (AMP)
As I walked my early days as a believer, it was suggested to me to find a scripture that I could hold on to in every situation. An anchoring scripture that became a “life message” for me. There are many great scriptures that I could have chosen from, others that are top of the list for me, however, Romans 8:28 became everything to me.
In those early days, I was acquainted with a tremendous amount of emotional pain, in fact holding onto that pain became my shield. By that I mean, keeping the pain, meant I could deflect and not let anyone else hurt me. But as I grew with God, I began to understand, pain, the very pain that protected me, was keeping me from intimacy with God. It was through Romans 8:28 that I began to understand that I could trust God. It is a divine promise that is made to us that HE WILL work it all for good, and in me allowing Him to do so, I will be made to become more into His image and then be able to walk in His purpose and destiny for my life.
Of all of the scriptures I could cling to, this was the ONE that God showed me, this was HIS promise to me. It became personal, and it allowed me to let Him have my pain, piece by piece and I began to see many things change in my life.
It was a key to allowing me to forgive, not only those that hurt me, but myself included. It meant that everything that happened in my life something good would come out of it IF I could trust in His promise.
When I realized each word of that scripture would come true, I could rest in not protecting myself from God but surrender myself completely to Him. I don’t always like the outcome of how He works things for good, but I trust Him and if I am being transformed into His likeness through His promise then I am incredibly thankful for every opportunity where I have been able to surrender for Him to accomplish His plan for my life.
So, today I encourage you ladies to take a look at your situations…those especially that are not so great, and look to see how you can surrender yourself, the pain, and the people involved. Can you leave these situations to God and let Him work it to His plan for good, so you can be honed into His likeness? Can you trust Him with His design and plan for your life and the lives of those around you?