“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” -James 1:17
God is good and He gives us perfect gifts. God gives gifts because He loves us and wants to bless us. He is a good Father (see Matthew 7:7-11)!
Sometimes good gifts come in unexpected packages. God surprises us with His gifts and we stand amazed at His goodness. And sometimes His gifts come in unwelcome packages. These gifts are good for us but may come in a package that we don’t think we want. But what may seem like an unwelcome gift contains a priceless treasure. It’s our job to discover that treasure and allow it to transform us in the process.
How do we respond when God gives us something that seems not good? At this point, we need to realize that God uses ALL things for His good in our lives. He has a purpose and a reason.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” God has a high calling and a high purpose for us as sons and daughters of God, to walk in the power of His glory.
If we love God and are pursuing His purpose, ALL things work for our good. What is God’s purpose? God’s primary purpose is our redemption and the transformation of our character for His glory. Romans 8:29 says, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” God’s wants us to share in the glory of His Son and there is no greater gift than the glory of Jesus.
God’s plan includes trouble, but God uses trouble for His purpose. The key to Romans 8:28 is Romans 8:29 – God has predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son. God uses ALL things to make us like Jesus.
Romans 8:31-32 says, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
We need to remember that in ALL things God is for us – He is not against us. He has given us ALL things in Christ. He has given us everything we need. He wants to see us succeed in every area of life. He has given us many gifts to help us on this journey, if we will tap into the gift of His presence and the gift of His word. “[H]umbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you” (James 1:21).
No matter the situation, you are more than a conqueror. “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). In ALL things, you are a conqueror. In ALL things, you are victorious! No matter the trouble, in Christ, God has given you the ability to triumph in every situation.
ALL for Jesus!