Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
— Psalm 33:8
God in His sovereign care is able to make all things work together for our good as believers. We cannot look at any particular singular event and say, “How is this working for my good?” We may not know. It is not a singular event, but all things working together that God is using for our spiritual wellbeing.
Spurgeon tells about a man, who was captured for preaching the Gospel during the reign of Queen Mary. He was sentenced to be burned alive at the stake in London. When he heard the sentence, he said, “Well, never mind, for all things work together for good.”
People asked, “Well, how is that going to work together for your good?”
He replied, “I do not know, but I know that it will.”
On the way back to London, the guards treated him so roughly that they cast him down and broke his leg. Unsympathetically, they mocked him saying, “Well, tell us how this is going to work together for your good?”
He said, “I do not know, but I know that God will work it together for my good.”
His leg was splinted so he could continue the trip. They made it to London a day late because of the accident. Queen Mary had just died. Elizabeth was now on the throne and the man was pardoned.
Question to ponder:
If God is sovereign and good, then is anything He allows into the lives of His children truly and ultimately bad?