It seems to me that many people miss an important fact. They miss the fact that all things are for God. Let me explain…
The Bible tells us that all things work together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. And it’s completely true. But the second half of that gets little play time in our conversations, and even when we include it we miss the point. It’s not all about us. It’s about His purpose.
Nobody has a real foundation for the argument that God does not love us. His love for us is easy to see for those who’s eyes are opened (that is, those who simply choose to open them). And His love is unlike anything else. It is greater than we can comprehend, and far beyond our own aspirations to love one another.
But God doesn’t exist for our sake, we exist for His. We are not the end all of it all, He is. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. In Him all things exist, and in Him we have our being.
In our passage, John 11, we have the story of Lazarus dying. And Jesus didn’t say the situation was for Lazarus’ good, although it certainly works out good for Lazarus. Jesus says in verse 4 “No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s son may be glorified through it.”
What I don’t want is for someone to walk away from this post misunderstanding our place in reality. People are not just pawns that God throws around without concern. One would have to completely ignore the cross to see us as such. We are loved by Him more than we could ever be loved by anyone, including by ourselves. But in the end it is all about God. And it should be. And there could be no higher honor for man, indeed no more complete joy, than to be used to that end.
What a terrible thing it would be if reality was all about anything except Him!
What goodness lays in store for us BECAUSE it’s all about Him! Look what it did for Lazarus!
Praise God that He is God!!!