Is It “All Good”?

A common refrain these days is, “it’s all good.” Often, it’s what we say when someone has done something to us, and whether or not we’re hurt or offended we’re willing to let them off the hook.

“I’m sorry I ___________,” they begin. We respond, “it’s all good.”

It is also something we say when things don’t go our way, and we’re attempting to put a more, or less, positive spin on it.

“Well, I was in a car accident and my car is totaled, and I’m really ticked. But, hey, it’s all good.”

Some might even say they say “it’s all good” because the Bible says that. You know, in Romans 8, where it says everything works together for good. So, no matter what happens, it must be God and it must be good.

I say, hogwash! (Like that old word?)

First, Romans 8 does NOT say that everything works together for good. No, it doesn’t. Read it.

Verse 28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.”
There are several things this verse does NOT say. First, it does not say everything is God. Second, it does not say everything is good. Third, it does not say “everything works together for good.” 

It does say, “we know that all things work together for good to those …” To those whom? To those who love God, and are called according to his purpose. Can that be taken to mean that God intends to work whatever happens together for the good of believers? Yes. However, what God intends is not always what happens. And that’s the crux of the matter.

If everything God intended happened, then Adam and Eve would not have sinned and the world would not be in the state it is. If everything God desired, or willed, came to pass, then everyone would be saved. 

2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is … not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

God doesn’t want anyone to perish. God and Jesus are one. Romans 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever, so No, God did not intend for, nor did he desire that Adam and Eve would submit to sin and condemn all of mankind. Moreover, that verse says that even today, God is still desiring that NO ONE perish. Yet, Jesus said that more enter by the broad gate to destruction than come in by the narrow gate to life. (Matthew 7:13-14)

Not everything that happens to you is good, nor is everything caused or allowed by God. God gave mankind a free will and as it says in Matthew 7:13, people choose to enter by the broad gate to destruction. And they aren’t worried about taking anyone with them. 

I was recently in a car accident. Another driver decided she could turn left on a green light. The only problem was, I was passing through the intersection on said green light. The insurance company totaled my car. I sustained a concussion and some injuries to my back, neck, and hips. This was NOT good. But God did NOT tell that woman to turn in front of me so that I would hit her. She did that. What’s more, her insurance was not in force at the time of the accident. So, I have to deal with all of that, too. Not good.

However, according to Romans 8:28, I KNOW something. I know that because I love God, and because I’m called according to his purpose, God will cause all of the not good stuff to work out for my GOOD. I am extremely grateful for that. I do have to believe what Romans 8:28 says in order for it to work for me. Much as James said, in James 1:4b, if I believe God’s word, and in God’s work, I will be “lacking nothing.” Wait, don’t get mad at me, I didn’t say it, God did. What? You say I am taking it out of context? Let’s see.

James 1:2-4, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the trying of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

These verses speak of two things relevant to this discussion. First, the “various trials” are not defined. But in context, they are trials related to whatever you are applying your faith toward. Whether that is wisdom for a particular situation, or healing in your body, or some financial need. Thus, it is reasonable to conclude that, if you proceed with joy and continue to hold onto your faith patiently, you will not lack for an answer to whatever you are trusting God for.

Second, trials do NOT produce patience. The trying of your faith produces patience. Patience has been described as holding onto faith over a period of time. James goes on to tell us that when we ask for something, we need to ask in faith, without wavering. Without flopping between two opinions. We need to apply faith in the midst of our trials and believe that whatever we face, loving God, he will work together for our good. However, we must not waver, thinking that God somehow caused the bad, for some benefit for us. Don’t impugn God’s character that way.

Remember that God loves you, and so do I! We desire for you to walk in All God’s Best, always. God loves you just as you are, but he loves you far too much to leave you as you are!

To learn more about God’s love and compassion for us, check out these related posts (click on the title for the link):

Don’t Get Mad, Get Even!
So Why Does It Always Seem So Hard?
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