“Don’t Worry…About A Thing…Cause Every Little Thing…Gonna Be Alright” ah, the lyrics of the famous Bob Marley song. But do they ring true? Yes, but not because Bob Marley sings a catchy song, but rather because the Bible says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
What does “good” actually mean? When I ponder the thought of God working things together for good, I have come to realize that “good” in His eyes doesn’t mean the same thing as “good” in my eyes. His ways are higher than mine. He sees the big picture. He is sovereign, mighty, and wise. Choosing to trust Him even when the “good” doesn’t look the way we want it to look can be challenging, but will grow our faith, trust, and deep reliance on God.
Romans 8:28 is a famous passage that many hold onto when times are really tough. We can’t see what’s happening on the other side of the trial and storm. We rely solely on our faith in Jesus to see us through life’s most difficult and challenging circumstances. Is it easy? Not for me. I struggle with not knowing everything and how it will all play out. I like to be prepared and know in advance what will take place, but that isn’t what having faith and trust is about. Do I really trust God to see me through this situation? Or am I “leaning on my own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5-6)? These are questions that challenge me and cause me to return back to prayer and ask God to help me through the difficult time.
It is so easy to be self-reliant when things are going well. We feel like we have it all together and nothing can stop us! There is a false sense of security in feeling this way. We are never in control of our lives the way we think we are in control. We never truly have everything figured out, because all of the sudden, a curve ball is thrown our way that throws us off course. Some curve balls are easier to hit than others, and other curve balls knock us down for a while.
Over the last several months, I have come to a deeper understanding about my reliance upon the Lord in all circumstances. I had given into the false sense of security when things were going well, and I have been learning that at all times, in all circumstances, I must rely upon the Lord. It may sound strange, but I am thankful for these challenging times because it stretches my faith, trust, and reliance upon the Lord.