Uses all things for Good

Omniscience is an attribute of God that the enemy of our souls wants us to depend on least or at minimum, understand the least. If we understand the omniscience of God correctly, that is, God is ALL-KNOWING. He knows it all, He know us all, He knows how it all works out, He knows the past, present and future perfectly.

To define it too maybe, All Knowing is “All” meaning everything, nothing excluded or left out and “Knowing” meaning wisdom, awareness, consciousnesses and understanding beyond all others.

Then, why would we ever allow anything besides the peace of God to enter us? If God truly does have it all figured out, then the feeling of fear is really a feeling of doubt in God. That’s a little harsh, but the only other way we could explain fear would be as an incomplete knowledge of who God is. Fear is doubt in God or ignorance of Him, now that seems a lot harsh. But there really can’t be any other way to categorize fear logically, unless God really isn’t who or what He says He is. An option that I will have to soundly reject for the sake of this writing, I could sight the proof of God in creation as more than enough evidence, which is literally just the tip of the proof of God iceberg. A topic that is best left for its own article.

So human fear is either doubt in God or ignorance of God, right?

Maybe not.

If you are someone who is feeling fear during this season or any season and you consider yourself a believer in God, a Christ follower, a fully regenerated soul who is a new creation having been washed clean and set apart from the world though the blood of the lamb, then, you should pay attention.

Full disclosure here, I am one of those people mentioned above, who is feeling some fear. That is why I am writing this article and why I believe this is an important topic to discuss.

There are two verses that came to mind as I was working though this for myself as I was praying. They are 2 Corinthians 12:9 and Romans 8:28.

Lets start with 2 Corinthians.

2 Corinthians 12:9 CSB But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.

It’s like the writer of Corinthians, Paul, is speaking directly to me here. Paul is referring to a conversation he had with Lord about his weaknesses, of which surely one of them could have been fear, that Paul asked God three times to take away, to free him from. And God’s response is telling, God said “My grace is sufficient for you”. God wanted Paul to rely on His grace, which is Jesus Christ, and not on his own strength. God goes on, “For my power is perfected in weakness.” God says His power works best in us when we are weak. It’s in our weakness that the power of God works best, and is perfected. Why would God say this? My thought is, if God’s power worked best in those who don’t have any weakness, would the already powerful ones even seek or desire God’s power? If God’s power wasn’t really needed, would we as people even care?

Let me encourage those who have fear right now, our fear is a weakness. It’s in our weakness that God’s power is perfected. If we seek Jesus we will find Him and find the grace we need to get through. And through it, allow the power of God the shine through us. We can be beacons of God’s power in action, because on our own we know we are weak.

Paul says, “Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.” The best witnesses for Christ are the ones who were weak but now are strong. The power of Christ living in us will dispel fear, the perfect love of Christ drives out fear. But we will need to be refilled with His perfect power daily. Like any relationship, it’s a daily thing, a daily commitment, a daily need of Him to love us perfectly and give us the power to overcome fear.

The other verse I mentioned is Romans 8:28. This verse truly is a promise of God that we must hold on tightly to, especially when we attempt to understand the omniscience of God.

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.

This is something we must know and trust. This is verse of God’s Word that should be committed to memory. WE KNOW! We know that all things, again, ALL, everything that happens to us, around us, near us, and otherwise, is all an ingredient in the recipe of your life. All ingredients that God will use to make something good our of your life.

This is a hard one to believe in the face of death or sickness or people suffering, but is still just as true, still just as accurate. One reason this verse speaks so clearly to me may be because we lived it. Early in our marriage and walk with Christ, we were forced into a situation that was anything but good. We lost all of our income in the course of 2 days, my wife suffered a devastating injury and was immobile for 16 weeks. We had a house full of kids, and no income and a bedridden wife. I was afraid. God took a situation that was hopeless, and through it, brought our whole family to a greater and deeper level of faith in Christ. God put us in a position of weakness, a position of need, and used it for our good. We had all we needed provided for us by others, bills were paid, jobs were restored and my wife eventually healed up. But not until we understood that His power was enough and brought us through, His grace is sufficient for us, and He used all we had been through for our good.

Maybe the fear we face is less of a faith problem or an ignorance problem and more of a personal wake up call from our Father in heaven, to remind us to lean into Him, to trust Him and allow Him to use us it to let His power shine. It’s okay to feel fear once in a while and allow it to push us toward God. It’s not okay to feel fear and live in it and allow it to steal our peace.

Stay Anchored & Unhindered.