I'm No "Job", But Can I Still Expect Good From God Even Though What I'm Enduring Are Consequences From My Own Mistakes?
Focus Scripture: Romans 8:28-30 “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. For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son would be firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, He called them to come to Him. And having called them, He gave them right standing with Himself. And having given them right standing, He gave them His glory.”
Just Real Quick!!
So I have personally had the problem of wondering if God will still make what are simply consequences of my own past bad decisions work out for my good too. I mean of course someone like Job in the bible who was completely blameless can expect good from God afterwards because he was blameless and had it all together with God. But what about those of us who are enduring suffering through consequences of our own past mistakes? Is God working things out for me even as I endure my own consequences?
You see, I never wondered because of fear that He still held my sin against me or anything like that (but if that’s what you wondered, it’s still going to be addressed). I just wondered if I needed to just let the consequences come and then afterwards I could focus on good things happening to and for me from God.
That I needed to wait until after the consequences were over to expect any good.
And to an extent it’s true. Since none of us know God’s timing about many things in our lives, we just have to trust that He’ll make it all come together at the perfect time. However, we should rest assured that right when we commit our ways back to God, He is at that very moment and even before, making things work out for our good.
Pay attention to the scripture:
“…for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son… And having chosen them, He called them to come to Him. And having called them, He gave them right standing with Himself. And having given them right standing, He gave them His glory.”
In other words, if you are God’s child ever single thing, even your mess-ups, God knew them in advance, but He called you in spite of them to bring Him glory.
You see, God making all things work together for your good has nothing to do with your own merit. You didn't earn this right; it was given to you freely. It is not based on your habits of sin or righteousness. It was given to you for the purpose of His glory. So if you are His child – if you are committed to submitting yourself to Him daily and submitting to His perfecting work in your imperfect being – EVERYTHING WILL WORK TOGETHER FOR YOUR GOOD, even the consequences that you're currently enduring.
That also means, that even while you were messing up, God was orchestrating your return to Him. And when you returned, His plan just continued. It didn’t start once you repented yet again, it just continued as He planned.
Don’t get me wrong. GOD DOES NOT ORCHESTRATE YOUR MESS-UPS:
“And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, ‘God is tempting me.’ God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.” (James 1:13)
That’s all you boo.
However, He knew you would stumble and so His plan makes room for these times and He works on you especially through those times.
He understands that you aren’t perfect and He doesn’t hold that against you:
“The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve… The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone— as though we had never been here.” (Psalm 103:8-10,13-16)
As the focus scripture suggests, God has a plan for all of us who He called. Our imperfections and sins do not deter His plan. He would never allow that. Instead, even our past sins have a way of working out for our good, and that is because He called us to show His glory no matter what.
He uses our weaknesses to further magnify His awesome nature because it shows that He could MAKE NEW and USE MIGHTILY even the weakest of us. Who else can do such a thing?
It is all for His glory.
So rest assured Saint!
To reiterate, even if you may be enduring consequences of your own bad past decisions, God is still working it out for you because He called you to show His glory in your life.
Don’t think for a moment that His hand has been removed and now you must endure consequences BY YOURSELF just because you deserve them.
You may notice that some believers seem to not have to endure obvious or noticeable consequences for their past bad choices or mistakes, while others must endure obvious and noticeable consequences.
This is not for one to be jealous of another.
I believe that when we see this, it shows that God uses various vehicles in our lives to produce growth in us individually and effectively. For one it may require obvious and noticeable consequences, for another it may not. This is because what is going to produce effective growth in one may not produce effective growth in another and God is most aware of this.
So just know that His hand has not been removed from your life. He is using even the harvest of your sins to perfect you and to perfect His work in you so that you may be a glorious example of His Grace and Love and Mercy and Perfect Character.
In short, let Him use you!
And for those who have yet to turn back to God—
As I said previously, the consequences of our sins may be noticeable and obvious or not. We don’t know, only God does. So if you are reading this and still caught up in sin, I plead with you to repent so that God can start freeing you from that bondage and produce His glory in you. He is waiting and delighted to do so. Don’t take the gamble of sewing into sin and then not knowing what your harvest will look like, or even how embarrassing and shameful it will be for you.
Please stop delaying. If God is God in your life, follow Him. But if satan is your god, follow him. Make the decision to submit to your Father today so that He may show His glory through your life!
Just wanted to say that real quick.