God Promises to Fulfill His Plans for Us
How do the messy, painful parts of life fit with this promise in this Scripture?
What makes Christians different?
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.”
This has been my go-to verse when I need reassurance. If you’re like me, it’s easy to believe this promise when things are going great.
But how do we claim this promise when things in life are messy and painful?
At times I have prayed these words back to God, really asking, “Do you know what is going on? Do you really know what You’re doing?” The answer to both questions is “YES, He does!”
The secret is in the words, “His plans.” Sometimes His plans are found in the painful, scary, and messy parts of our lives.
A few years ago, a friend asked me two questions that helped me understand how God uses the painful messy parts of our lives to fulfill His plans for us.
As I sat there staring at the word “Faith,” I started thinking about Hebrews chapter 11, the faith chapter.
Question 1 – If you could change anything about your life, what would you change?
When my friend asked this question, I quickly fired off a list of things I would change. My dad would not have been an abusive alcoholic. My husband of 40 years would not suffer from anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. We would not have to live with our kids on a small, fixed income.
So many more things came to mind, but she stopped me and ask the next question.
Question 2 – What do you love about your life right now?
As I started formulating the list of things I loved in my life right now in my mind, I knew I was in trouble. I was going to have to change my answer to the first question. Everything I loved in my life right now, was there because of the messy, painful parts of my life. I couldn’t change the messy painful things about my life, without losing the things I loved.