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All for Good

Saturday, 19 November 2011 · Basics of Faith
"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" - Romans 8:28

An old story is told of a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking, "This Too is for Good!"

One day the king and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the king. The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was blown off. Examining the situation the friend remarked as usual, "This Too is for Good!" To which the king replied, "No, this is NOT good!" and proceeded to send his friend to jail.

About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that he should have known to stay clear of. Cannibals captured him and took him to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the stake.

As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone that was less than whole. So untying the king, they sent him on his way. As he returned home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend.

"You were right," he said, "it was good that my thumb was blown off." And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened. "And, so I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this."
"No," his friend replied, "This Too is for Good!"
"What do you mean, 'This is good'? How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for a year?"
"If I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you."

Although the source of this story is not known, I believe that every genuine Christian ought to have this all-for-good attitude. This is because we have actually entrusted our lives to the care of a loving God who tells us that His thoughts towards us are thoughts of peace (good) and not of evil to give us an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11). Hence, it becomes very clear that even when we are passing through any troubles, God is working out His purpose in our lives so that we can assuredly say, "This too is for good".

It should, however, be noted from Rom. 8:28, that only those who love God are entitled to this promise. To these ones alone do all things work together for good. So, here goes the question: Do you love God? Here is the litmus test: Jesus says in John14:21, 'He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me...'
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