“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.” Romans 8:28
1. The grand reason why all things work for good, is the near and dear interest which God has in His people. The Lord has made a covenant with them. “They shall be my people, and I will be their God” (Jer. 32:38). By virtue of this compact, all things do, and must work, for good to them. “I am God, even your God” (Psalm 50:7). This word, ‘Your God,’ is the sweetest word in the Bible, it implies the best relations; and it is impossible there should be these relations between God and His people, and everything not work for their good. This expression, ‘I am your God,’ implies,
(1). The relation of a PHYSICIAN. ‘I am your Physician.’ God is a skillful Physician. He knows what is best. God observes the different temperaments of men, and knows what will work most effectually. Some are of a more sweet disposition, and are drawn by mercy. Others are more rugged and knotty pieces; these God deals with in a more forcible way. Some things are kept in sugar, others are kept in brine. God does not deal alike with all; He has trials for the strong and cordials for the weak. God is a faithful Physician, and therefore will turn all to the best. If God does not give you that which you like—He will give you that which you need. A physician does not so much study to please the taste of the patient—as to cure his disease. We complain that very sore trials lie upon us; let us remember God is our Physician, therefore He labors rather to heal us—than humor us. God’s dealings with His children, though they are sharp—yet they are safe, and in order to cure; “that he might do you good in the latter end” (Deut. 8:16).
(2). This word, ‘your God’, implies the relation of a FATHER. A father loves his child; therefore whether it be a smile or a stroke, it is for the good of the child. I am your God, your Father, therefore all I do is for your good. “As a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you” (Deut. 8:5). God’s chastening is not to destroy—but to reform. God cannot hurt His children, for He is a tender hearted Father, “Like as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear him” (Psalm 103. 13). Will a father seek the ruin of his child, the child that came from himself, that bears his image? All his care and skill is for his child. Whom does he settle the inheritance upon—but his child? God is the tender hearted “Father of mercies” (2 Cor. 1:3). He begets all the mercies and kindnesses in the creatures.
God is an everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6). He was our Father from eternity; before we were children, God was our Father, and He will be our Father to all eternity. A father provides for his child while he lives; but the father dies, and then the child may be exposed to injury. But God never ceases to be a Father! You who are a believer, have a Father who never dies; and if God is your father, you can never be undone. All things must needs work for your good.
(3). This word, ‘your God,’ implies the relation of a HUSBAND. This is a near and sweet relation. The husband seeks the good of his spouse—not to destroy his wife. “No man ever yet hated his own flesh,” (Ephes. 5:29). There is a marriage relation between God and His people. “Your Maker is your Husband” (Isaiah 54:5). God entirely loves His people. He engraves them upon the palms of His hands (Isaiah 49:16). He sets them as a seal upon His breast (Cant. 8:6). He will give kingdoms for their ransom (Isaiah 43:3). This shows how near they lie to His heart. If He is a Husband whose heart is full of love, then He will seek the good of His spouse. Either He will shield off an injury—or will turn it to the best.