“Why do we have to do this?” Is a question I get asked A LOT as a teacher. With some of my key stage 4 classes it has got to the stage now when others in the class respond on my behalf saying “when we get to our GCSE exam we will appreciate all the exam questions we have done”! It is very easy for me to explain why they will appreciate their education when they look back on it later in life, after all I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt, but it’s very difficult to see that at the time.
We all experience things which are unpleasant, sometimes horrible, we see atrocities on the news and we question why? God’s promise this week is from Paul’s letter to the Romans saying
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
Although we may not understand why something is happening, we can know that God is working for good. I imagine God saying ‘it’s ok, you’ll appreciate this later on’!
Sometimes people misinterpret this to think that everything, when following God, is going to be good. That is not the case, it’s not going to be a hunky dory, easy pain free experience, but we can know that through everything God will work for good.
It is easy for me to look back at times when things have not been great for me, but I can see now where God was working. This is what we need to hold on to. But it’s not always easy when you are in the situation.
This isn’t about always looking on the positive side. That is a great skill, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. It is about trusting that through EVERYTHING God is working for good, even if you cannot tell, at the time, what that is.
Challenge: go back and look at some times which were really difficult, try to see what God was doing through that situation. This can then be something to hold on to when things get rubbish again.
Prayer: Father God, we thank you that you love us and care for us. We thank you that even when we don’t recognise it you are working for our good. Help us to recognise when you have worked in our lives so that we can give you praise. Amen