I have lived through this scripture over the past year from the perspective of a debilitating heartache. So the “all things” within my current story is that of loss and grief. In truth, “all things” is vast and complete referring to adversities, blessings and everything in between. Keeping this in mind, I try to see the fulfillment of the promise of “good” in all that comes to me.
So what is “good”? My definition of the idea of “good” has traveled a long road. Early on good things or circumstances were taken at face value. This self-defined “good” is an obvious grasp at what I perceive to be “not bad” and has a comfort that is absent from stress or ill will. So to read and apply this passage with this diluted “good” in mind throws limits on the truth of its meaning.
In truth “good” may have trials of its own, and to see it surface as God’s “good” at times becomes difficult. God’s definition of “good” encompasses an end result that I do not have the vision to see. It is possible when I realize that “good” coming to be; I fail to recall the initial adversity or blessing that gave it life to begin with. I lose track of the chain of events of its path and more than likely attribute it to some other unsuspecting event. All the while God knew where this path would lead.
The most crucial element of this verse is “to those who love God”. This is a promise for the devoted. To love God and show your love for Him gives Him cause. It is those who love Him, who rely on Him. I have gained a deeper love for Him through my current “all things” season; I know He will bring me through to the “good” that is on the other side.
Woven within the adversities and blessings we experience, the “all things” so to speak, there is opportunity to learn. Once these lessons are realized it is imperative that we bring purpose to them. Lessons learned bring knowledge and knowledge becomes wisdom if we choose to share it for the extended “good”. God’s purpose for us is to reveal the “good” that comes from the “all things” that we experience because of our love for Him…as He loves us.
May God Bless You and Give You Grace.