God’s purpose for His people was not an afterthought; it was settled before the foundation of the world. We are to serve and honor God. “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,” (2 Tim. 1:9) If you have believed in Christ, you can rejoice in the fact that God has always known you. His love is eternal. His wisdom and power are supreme. He will guide and protect you until you one day stand in His presence.
Today’s struggles, difficulties, and failures don’t tell the whole story. The Lord wants us to keep the big picture in mind. “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:9)
As a believer, we aren’t left to our own resources to cope with problems. We have the Holy Spirit that we can ask to intercede for us “in accordance with the will of God”. “And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 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.” (Rom. 8:27-28) Then when we bring our requests to God, we need to trust that He will always do what is best.
God will work in “all things”, not just isolated incidents, for our good. This doesn’t mean that all that happens to us is good. Evil is prevalent in our fallen world, but God is able to turn every circumstance around for our long-range good. We need to remember that the Lord isn’t working to make us happy, but to fulfill His purpose.
This promise can only be claimed by those who love God and are called according to His purpose–those who accept Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior. As the “called”, we have a new perspective, a new mind-set on life. We are called to trust in the Lord we serve, not in worldly treasures. We are to look for our security in heaven, not here on earth. And we learn to accept (and not resent) pain and persecution because we know that God is with us.
“For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” (Rom. 8:29) God’s ultimate goal for us to make us like Christ. “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2) As we become more and more like Him, we discover our true selves, the people we were created to be.