Beauty for Ashes
The Bible promises that “all things work together for good to those who love God.”1 That means not just some, or most, or many, but all. That’s quite a promise!
It’s sometimes hard to believe that God can actually get some good out of even the worst tragedies and disappointments. But if we love Him and are trying to please Him, He will. How? Often it’s through the lessons that we learn from times of despair. The experience we gain adds depth to our relationship with the Lord and our interaction with others. It also helps us relate to others better and understand their problems and difficulties, so that we can comfort them in their times of trouble. However, at other times it is difficult for us to see the good that could have come of the difficulty, and we may not fully understand until we get to Heaven and see what transpired “behind the scenes” in our spiritual lives that was not apparent to us on Earth. But you can rest assured that if you love God, that some good will come out of your life’s hardships.
So try looking for the good in every situation, no matter how bad it may first appear. That takes conscious effort and prayer and doesn’t come overnight, but it will make all the difference in the world when you are faced with problems and setbacks.
If we fail to view our disappointments, hurts, tests, illnesses, and other problems through the perspective that Romans 8:28 gives us, we will tragically miss many of the valuable lessons that the Lord is trying to teach us, and we will rob ourselves of the peace that comes from trusting in this important promise and principle.
“Trials equals good.” Understanding and believing this simple equation can make your life richer, more meaningful, and happier. It makes all the difference in the world whether you fear problems and challenges, expecting the worst to happen, or if you face obstacles bravely and full of faith, anticipating the good that the Lord will bring out of them and the strength of spirit you will gain.