We must examine everything in context of God’s Word. There are churches claiming that the source of our problems is God. This is not in alignment with Scripture.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15
There are far too many Christians who have been deceived by the very ones they are looking to for spiritual leadership. This does not mean these ministers are willingly deceiving their flocks. In many cases they have the right motive but are only teaching what they have been taught.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Invariably people will reference this verse. They say that everything happens in God’s plan to work something good in our lives. This is not what the verse is saying.
Please notice how verse 28 begins. It starts with “and” which is a conjunction linking it to the previous verses. I have heard so many people quote this verse without considering the context.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
In context we see two primary thoughts:
- the Holy Spirit helps our infirmities
- the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us according to the will of God
In the Greek this verse conveys the thought of the Holy Spirit taking hold together with us. The Holy Spirit will not intercede for us without us doing something. When we begin to pray, He will step in and “take hold together” with us.
Paul is describing a partnership between the Holy Spirit and us in these verses. When we start to pray the Holy Spirit will join us in prayer. He knows our heart and will empower our prayers as we work together with Him. It is from this place of intercession then that we have assurance that all things will work together for good.
Can you see the difference between what tradition teaches us and the actual context? Tradition proclaims God as the source of our problems with a goal of making all things work together for good. Scriptural context tells us that when we work in partnership with the Holy Spirit to intercede it will result in all things working together for good.
So when we look at this in context we see that things don’t just work together for good in every situation. We have a part to play. If we are not interceding in partnership with the Holy Spirit we will not have the right to expect all things to work together for good.
I find it interesting to hear ministers talk about the goodness of God and then talk about how He caused a tragedy. The two statements are not in alignment.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
It is important for us to keep everything in context with Scripture. God is a good God. Satan is the one who is working to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy”. To credit sickness and disease to God is to question His goodness!
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