Sitting here listening to Jesus Culture’s “Your Love Never Fails” (not to be confused with “One Thing Remains”) and the bridge repeats over and over,
“You make all things work together for my good.”
Over and over and over.
And suddenly I’m struck by the thought, “but that’s not what the scripture says.”
Romans 8:28 says,
“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.”
It’s a popular verse.
I’ve read it. I’ve used it. I’ve studied it.
I had an entire paper in one of my seminary classes based off of an interpretation of this verse.
But for all my reading and studying and discussing this verse, I never thought of the aspect that now perplexed me.
Because I am all at once aware that for most of my life, I (and those around me) have typically understood this to mean that if I love God then God works all things together for my good.
Like the song says.
I find such assumptions prevalent in our current American culture. Perhaps even Western culture in general.
We tend to read the Bible’s verses as individual promises.
We do this almost always.
Especially with verses like this one. And Jeremiah 29:11. (But that’s a whole other conversation!)
So what if that assumption is wrong?
God does indeed work good.
Out of our bad. Our pain. Our hurts. Our losses. Our messes.
But what if the good worked isn’t for my benefit,
or isn’t solely for my benefit,
but instead for the benefit of others?
For the benefit of the Body of Christ. The Church.
“for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”
So what if I never see the good?
I think it’s possible.
I think I need to stop thinking that this verse is for my personal benefit.
I think I need new eyes to see the bigger picture.
Because God does work good.
But it’s not all about me.