The Bible says in Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ESV
But you may reply…Really? How does rejection, depression, sickness, impecuniosness (poverty), homelessness, etc., be good. Well, the Bible does not say that the aforementioned are good, but it says, ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER for our good.
The operative words are: All things work together. The vicissitudes (challenges) of life are used by Holy Spirit to work in us patience.
James 1:2 – My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have herperfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
The word patience in the Greek is hupomonē, and it means: Steadfastness, constancy, endurance. If God did not allow us to go through things, we would never grow in patience. And if we never had an opportunity to grow in patience, we would never see the deliverance and feel the love of God.
We have been called to the highest purpose of all and that is to praise the Lord. The vicissitudes of life will come…but praise your way through them. As one songwriter says, “Trouble don’t last always.”
The Bible says that these vicissitudes are temporal: 2nd Corinthians 4:17 – For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
You may be facing afflictions, but you are to let patience work in you. Your afflictions are only temporal, but through them you will see the deliverance and LOVE of God as never before, and in the end, the eternal Glory of God will exceed the temporary vicissitudes of life.
Dr. Himie Pickett
The Bishops College