All Things Are Working

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Romans 8:28 The Message (MSG)

28 That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Have you ever questioned the meaning of your life in the heat of a battle? I have many times. During some battles, I’ve had some degree of clarity. On the other hand, it took me much longer to see how the Lord was working. One thing for sure is that God certainly has a plan for my life. Although that plan hasn’t always been clear, it has forced me to stand firm on what I know about the nature of God. I know that He is a loving Father and He is sovereign. I know that He has a set purpose for my life and that He is orchestrating every step I take towards fulfilling that purpose.

Yet, there are still days that I wonder and become anxious about the future. Last Wednesday, was one of those days for me. While looking for worship music, I came across a new song by one of my favorite worship writers, Pat Barrett. The song is called Clay and Canvas.

The chorus says:

You make all things work together,
For my future and for my good.
You make all things work together,
For Your glory and for Your name.

Immediately, Romans 8:28 came to mind. The more I played the song, the more my heart became encouraged. I was reminded that regardless of where I am right now and what I’ve been navigating through, God is working it all for my good. Let’s look at the keyword…ALL. The word all means “the whole amount, quantity, or extent of need”. There is no partiality in the word ALL. This means that everything, “the whole amount, quantity, or extent of need” of what has happened and is happening in my life is/was necessary for me to reach my full potential in God.

Another verse of the song says:

I know nothing has been wasted.
No failure or mistake.
You’re an artist and a potter.
I’m the canvas and the clay.

You see everything that we experience both good and bad is needed for us to fulfill our purpose. The enemy may have sent it to exterminate us but God worked it to empower us. This means that God is in total control and is working through every detail of our lives to ensure that His work is finished in each of us. What a great God! I love that God is very intentional and strategic. He knows what it takes to activate our faith and develop us. He knows just how much adversity and testing we need to become more like Him. The Father is like both the potter and the artist. From the beginning, they have a vision of what they want to create. During the process, they are adding, smoothing, removing, squeezing, pressing, and crafting their work of art until it reflects their vision. The Father is doing the same with us, His clay and canvas.

It’s true. Our tests are writing our testimonies. When I looked up the definition of testimony, it was defined as the “evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something”. This tells me that everything has to work out for our good because it has to serve as evidence or proof that our God exists and is ALL-powerful. The verse says every detail is worked into something good. Remember, nothing is wasted. Every struggle, failure, hurt, wound, and disappointment happened for a reason and was necessary. If you look back over your life, you will be able to see that every hardship you’ve endured has worked for your good and made you better. It’s so beautiful to reflect and recognize how the Lord was ordering your steps all along.

Take heart and know that your ALL will be ALL good in the end. Why? Because our Father said so.

Be blessed.

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Published by niacaraw

I am an educator, a wife of 24 years, and mother of three beautiful children. I have taught the word of God to all ages and love to share it in creative ways. I've always had a passion for written expression. Over the years, I have documented my personal thoughts and prayers. Poems, devotionals, worship songs, and more have come from my life experiences. Now, I am ready to share them with the hope that lives and hearts will be changed as well as greatly blessed. I am flawed but striving for perfection in Christ. Although I have fallen short of the glory of God, I am forgiven. I am loved with an everlasting love. I am FREE!

13 thoughts on “All Things Are Working

  1. Amen! Needed this reminder today….
    ”The enemy may have sent it to it to exterminate us but God worked it to empower us” – double amen to this part! 🤗🙌🏽


      1. Girl! You understand truly the workings of God! Many times posts go out, they are just inspirations, it’s almost as though our fingers are taken over and the Lord sends His Word to us and others at the same time 🙌🏽


  2. Lot of meat in the message! So much, I’ll be chewing on this ALL-DAY long! Have Your way in our lives Lord!!!!!!!!


  3. Thank you so much for this encouragement. I also enjoy it when God declares an absolute. When He says “All”, it leaves no room for doubt or speculation. Everything is working for our good, our pain has purpose…joy forever justified. x


  4. What a blessed and inspiring post! As we navigate through this thing called life…what a wonderful reminder that God uses everything in our lives to shape and mold us into His beautiful masterpieces! We can take heart that our Father is in control no matter what the circumstances may be…


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