by John Michalak
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.
Too often, we struggle unnecessarily for lack of discernment.
The challenges we face, the trials, understandably weigh us down. But then we either choose to give up, or we numb ourselves with entertainment, material goods, or temporary pleasure.
When people tell us to have more faith because “all things work together for good,” we shake our heads, not being able to see how, with all the evil in the world, anything at all could be good.
But we struggle for lack of discernment. Spiritual discernment is not unlike the ancient farming practice of separating the wheat from the chaff. With the winnowing fork the harvest would be tossed in the air, the wind would blow away the chaff, and the grain—what was solid and good—would fall to the ground.
When you struggle with the question of suffering and pain, focus instead on what you know—your love for God and that you’re called according to His purpose.
No one is meant to understand everything, how all things, even evil things, could work together for good. But, your love for God is good. His calling on your life is sure. This assurance can outweigh your need to have an answer for everything.
Love Him. Trust Him. In this way, you’ll throw those pointless anxieties to the wind and what’s solid will remain.