Focal passage: Romans 8:26-32
Have you ever felt like you were in the right place at the wrong time? Perhaps you can resonate with the lyrics made famous by Dr. John in 1973, “I been in the right place, but it must have been the wrong time. I’d have said the right thing, but I must have used the wrong line. I’d a took the right road, but I must have took a wrong turn. Would have made the right move, but I made it at the wrong time.”
It can be so tempting to look at our circumstances, whether good or bad, and question how God might be involved in the details of our lives. And yet, God makes it clear in His word that He is always working. Even when we think things seem disastrous, we can trust that God is not taken by surprise.
Paul wrote in Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” He isn’t declaring that every circumstance will turn out the way we would wish or that those who follow Jesus will have easier lives. Instead, Paul is reminding us that even the hard things we experience are designed to refine us and make us more like Christ. When we are trusting God and relying on His strength, we can rest assured that God will “conform us to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29).
Yes, sometimes our circumstances may seem overwhelming. The same God who gave His Son for us cares for us every moment. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).