The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.
—Psalm 138:8 (NIV)
Alchemy, the precursor to chemistry, stands in relation to chemistry somewhat the same way that astrology stands to astronomy. The great quest of the alchemists was to transmute the base metals into the noble—to change lead into gold. As you may surmise, they failed in their quest. However, God is the great cosmic alchemist who never fails. Romans 8:28 is the alchemy of God. He changes the lead of our lives into gold.
What is the great comfort in our lives? Ultimately, it is His divine deliverance that is our great comfort—all things that come to us He is able to turn to our good. No matter what it may be, Christ can deliver us. What a marvelous promise this is—even from the greatest tragedy, the tragedy of death—Christ can deliver His people.
If Christ can turn to good even death itself, how much more can He take the problem we are facing today and bring resolution? It seems like life presents one problem after another, whether it is our health, our finances, our relationships, our work, our family, or our loved ones. As soon as we solve one problem, another presents itself. Jesus never promised a problem-free life; but He did promise that things will work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. If we are His, He will make all things right in the end. He has given us beauty for ashes.
Question to ponder: What problem are you facing today for which you need divine deliverance?