Summary: This sermon is about how God makes all things work together for good in the life of a beleiver and is based on Romans 8:28
ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD
The Lord trains us to do the work He wants us to do.This training process involves discipline,correction and development.He chastens us in order to develop us.The training process will be according to work He wants us to do. Easy work requires easy training but difficult tasks require difficult,intensive and elaborate training. But let us remember that even the training process and chastening will work only for our good.
The Lord allows some periods of pain and difficulty in our life.But it is only transient and temporary.His love towards us is permanent.Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.Let us remember that the mercy of God is permanent in our lives.These transient periods of pain will be followed by good times.
The Lord turns our sorrow into joy. He can turn the very source of sorrow into a source of joy.Saul in the New Testament was a source of sorrow and pain to the church causing great persecution to the church.But God turned Saul into Paul and made him a great source of joy and blessing to the church.Whatever is a source of sorrow to us ,God can turn that very thing into a source of joy for us.Thus even our source of sorrow works for good in our life.
The Lord helps us to make our tears into a source of blessing.We can pass through the valley of tears and make it into a well.He comforts us and makes us a source to comfort to those in sorrow. We should not drown in our sorrows but make it a well where others who go through similar sorrowful experiences can come and receive comfort and guidance and strength.Thus even our tears can make us a source of blessing and ultimately work for our good.
The Lord takes the evil intended against us and turns it into good.Every evil intended against Joseph ultimately turned into good .His brothers act of selling him as a slave helped him to reach Egypt.Potiphar’s wife’s false accusation helped him reach the prison where he interpreted the cup bearer’s dream.This in turn caused the cup bearer to remember Joseph when the King had a dream which nobody could interpret.Thus Joseph was brought before the Pharoh who put him in charge of the whole country.Therefore every evil act against Joseph actually brought him closer and closer to his destiny and blessing.Thus even the evil intended against us turns into good.
The Lord causes us to triumph when we go through fearful experiences.Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den.Shadrach, Meshach and Abed Nego were thrown into the fire. These were fearful and dangerous experiences but there was a great triumph and honour waiting for them after these experiences.If they had not gone through these experiences they probably would have led very ordinary lives in obscurity.But these experiences brought great triumph and blessing into their lives.The King promoted them and honoured them greatly after these experiences.Thus even fearful experiences work for our good.