We are all familiar with this verse in Romans:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28; KJV
And we all know that various translations say it in different ways. For example, the NLT reads:
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
And The Message:
“That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”
It’s obvious what these verses are saying: if we keep ourselves fixed on God and walk in His ways, then no matter what comes our way, it will be worked out to be good because of our love for God.
Perfect. But I’m going to let you in on a secret that our Enemy doesn’t want you to know: he is always right there to use what happens in your life to his purposes as well.
Take, for instance, our good friend Joseph. While it isn’t expressly stated that Satan was involved at all in Joseph’s circumstances, I’m sure he may have had a hand in what Joseph’s brothers and those Joseph encountered throughout his trials.
(For those of you not familiar with Joseph’s story, check out Genesis 37-45)
We all go through problems in our lives. No one is immune. Evil comes to all of us in some shape or form. For Christians, we know that God is working, no matter the circumstances.
But we need to be aware that Satan is lurking somewhere in the shadows of your difficulties. If he isn’t there personally, then you can bet one of his fallen angels are nearby, urging you to curse God, take that one drink, smoke that one blunt, sleep with that one girl or guy.
Everywhere we go, Satan and his demons are trying to ruin us, and turn our circumstances into something he can use for his own purposes.
But we have a hope, don’t we? If we keep our eyes focused on God, if we keep in His Word and keep praying to Him when we are struggling, we can be assured that He will come through.
Keep the faith.
This is what the Sovereign LORD says.