How do we see God’s hand working in all of our circumstances? To start with, we must realize that it is impossible for us finite creatures. But what we can do is accept the fact that God is sovereign in what He allows and what He does. The place to start in understanding this is Romans 11:36.
“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” This is emphasized again in 1 Corinthians 8:6; “yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”
The whole of creation exists to bring God glory! That can only be understood by persons redeemed by grace and given the Holy Spirit so we can see everything through the eyes of Scripture. That is why Paul writes to the Christians at Ephesus and says, “In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11).
Whether we understand “things” that come into our lives or not, we must believe that God is working something for His glory, even if we can’t see it that way at the moment. This is an admission in our hearts that God is sovereign. As king Nebuchadnezzar said, God “does according to His will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth” (Daniel 4:35).
Through accepting this principle, we will have peace of mind and heart.
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