The Greatest Blessing in This Life: Jesus
By Heather Lynn 5 Minute Read
You have probably heard the verse, “God works for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).” While it can be misquoted or taken out of context, this verse is hope for the Christian. In all situations, our great God works for our good. He can take any trial or trouble in life and use it for our good. Have you seen this happen in your life or the life of someone you know? The reason He can make beauty out of something broken is that His ways are not our ways. He can see the entire picture of our lives and knows what comes next. He cares about us and our problems, and we need to trust Him to see us through those problems.
Sometimes when a person comes to know Christ, they think that He will shield them from suffering. However, bad things DO happen to good people. God does allow those things to happen to grow our faith and help us trust in Him. Paul understood this truth in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 when he said, “My grace is all you need. My power is made perfect in weakness....when I am weak, then I am strong.” Our weaknesses reveal a lot about our faith and whether or not we trust in His power. In John 11:1-3 we see a real-life example of this idea. Jesus’ good friends Mary and Martha turned to Him for help when their brother fell ill. They trusted Him to help, and He would teach them a very valuable lesson to trust even if He didn’t answer how or when they wanted Him to.
Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we expect during times of trouble. Jesus did not answer Mary and Martha’s cry for help right away. How did they respond when He didn’t come to heal their brother Lazarus right after they sent word? Did they lose faith in the friend they knew was the Healer when He didn’t come right away? Or did they trust that maybe He would heal Lazarus from a distance as He had with others? God wants us to trust Him even when He doesn’t answer the way we want Him to because He is constantly using our trials to grow our faith and fulfill what’s best for our lives as it states in James 1:2-4. We must trust His choices, even when we can’t see what lies ahead of us, knowing that He will work for our good.
We can trust that God can take any situation we find ourselves in and make something beautiful out of it. In John 11:21-27 Martha came to Jesus and demonstrated her faith by telling Him she knew that He could have healed Lazarus already if He wanted to. She was grieving the loss of her brother and that Jesus hadn’t healed Him, but when Jesus asks Martha if she believes that anyone who believes in Jesus after death will live, she declares her faith in the Son of God. We can have faith that He will see us through too. We know that He is always working for our good as part of His plan for our lives as it states in Romans 8:28-29.
Maybe you can relate to Martha. As you found a sweet friendship in Jesus your faith has grown. But then, when problems arose, as it did with Martha, your faith wavered and you lost sight in the power of who He is. This is easy to do when we are in the midst of suffering. When Jesus came to Mary and Martha, He performed one of His greatest miracles and raised Lazarus from the dead. He demonstrated His power in Martha’s life. She believed and trusted in Him through the good times in her life and especially in the bad. Jesus wasn’t just known as a friend who cared for this family; He was known as Healer and most importantly, Savior! He can be known as Savior to you as well. There is nothing you can do to earn His care and affection for you; He loves you because He created you. You can experience the power of His love and the good He can bring to your life by just accepting Him as your Savior who died to rescue you from your sins. His love and forgiveness is the greatest blessing you can ever have.