In the intro of (I think), most popular song yet, Intentional, Travis Greene made a profound statement I’ve not stopped thinking about. Greene said, ‘Everything that happens is not happening to us, it is happening for us’. For me, that is profound! And before someone starts to doubt the veracity of this statement, let’s peek into the infallible book, and see what it has to say about this.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28, NKJV).
ALL THINGS!!!!! Every single experience, every circumstance- that disadvantaged childhood background, those heartbreaks, the seasons of failure you’d never want to experience again, the times when friends walked away, the times you were mocked by family and friends because of your beliefs, the disappointments…..All things, work together for GOOD. If we can but live our lives with this consciousness, we’d have more victories, and less regrets. I particularly love the way Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo explains Rom. 8:28 ‘If it’s not God orchestrated, it will be God used’.
True, there are things we’ve gone through most certain wasn’t God’s ideal for us- – he didn’t plan for you to fail your exams, or to be born out of wedlock or those other things just like he didn’t plan for Job to be afflicted. However, the 828 promise tells us that, even if God didn’t plan it, God can use it to work something beautiful out of our lives.
Imagine that Pharoah didn’t command all the Hebrew male children to be killed. Moses would never have made his way to the river and eventually the palace (the palace was not an end, but a means to an end).
Esther had to grow up in slavery, living in fear and always looking over her shoulders, she had no parents, was raised up by an uncle…she ended up in the palace, not as a maid but as the Queen of 127 provinces.
Oprah Winfrey was abused at age 8, today she is one of the richest and most influential women in the world.
Joyce Meyer was abused by her own Father for many years; today God is using her powerfully to heal the lives of millions of broken women.
What’s your story? If your life is truly surrendered to God, if you are a genuine lover of his kingdom and principles, then you should know this ‘You can never be disadvantaged’!
The 828 promise makes it so! Snack on that!!!
Rom. 8: 28 NKJV