All Things Work to Good. That’s the promise we get from God.
But how it works is a mystery to many - and sometimes it is a mystery to those who know God pretty well.
What I am talking about is how something that looks bad today can turn out good in the long run.
For instance, oil causes pollution and gas prices are choking our economy - but these very costs will drive us to cleaner, more sustainable energy sources like hydrogen fuel cells.
Now - if God CONTROLLED the world, then you would see a few lightning bolts here or there to “smite the phillistines” in the oil world… Viola - no oil, and no pollution. Simple, eh? Well sort of. What kind of world would it be where humans had no free will?
Go lets us make our own messes. This too has value. By experiencing the result of our choices, we can decide if we want to repeat a behavior. There are times when the lesson seems obvious to everyone around me, but I still don’t get it… Hmm….. Even an alcoholic can go far enough into his disease to either kill himself or convince himself that the answer he seeks is not in that behavior.
If God CONTROLLED the world then there would be no choice… and no consequence for our choices. Would the world be a better place? Without choice? What would that make a human being? Just another animal?
The coolest part about what God does is share how it works without interfering.
God never violates the freewill of a human. He gives us his WORD and his Sons and Daughters, and his Angels to teach us… If we listen, read, heed, we can grow toward Him.
If we go against that which is the created way we break fellowship with God and each other - (sin). It hangs like a clouds to block the light and joy we might otherwise experience… But this is not God’s doing. It is merely the natural consequence of our choice for going against the better way.
Now, just to confuse it all, some of God’s children are occasionally called to work on something from an unusual angle. It may seem that they are going against the way of God, against the nature of things, and yet they do not have consequences.
“Walking on water” would be a good word picture for this. If you try to walk on water, you should sink in and get wet - maybe even drown. But for some useful reason, now and then, God will call and enable a person to do something without paying the normal consequence…. “Walk on water….” Maybe God just delays the consequence of our action so that the person can avoid the stain of failure? Or maybe God wants one follower to walk out to a person who needs a hand getting back because they already fell in? Maybe God just wants to demonstrate His presence and power? Why not every person? Why not do away with water completely if we are all going to start walking on it? Hmmm…..
In the end, those who know and worship God will find the Good, see the good, and enjoy it. Some will walk on water or perform other miracles that demonstrate the presence and power of God. Others will follow more simply. Some will reject God. Some may not ever see the good in a particular happening. But then… They may not see the good in a lot of things - through all those clouds that build up around their head and heart.
God desires us to seek, find, worship. When we do this of our own free will, we can say that all things are God-i-ful. All things are full of God and work to good.
Does this make sense to you? Do you walk on water? Tell!