Trials are inevitable. They are part of living in our fallen world. Workplace trials cover the spectrum from the simple to the very serious—some trials are more painful than others.
As a Christian, you will never face your trials alone. Your Father is at work in the midst of every trial you will ever experience.
Romans 8:28 declares:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Consider this verse in the following four parts.
And we know.
You know God because of what he has already done in your life. God has a track-record with you and his part of the relationship is perfect. God always does what he says he will do and he is always right.
“Know” in the Greek means to understand based on personal experience. It is an intimate and relational knowing, and is much stronger and deeper than mere head knowledge. To know God is to have personally experienced God.
That in all things God works for the good.
God promises to work good out of all things which includes all of your workplace trials, setbacks, and disappointments. You may not foresee how any good can possibly come from a particular situation, but God guarantees he can bring “good” from it—somehow, somewhere, sometime.
Think about Calvary. The believers on the scene were in despair, but God knew better. At Calvary God took the worst thing that ever happened—Christ crucified—and turned it into the best thing that ever happened—Christ resurrected.
God can do something similar with your trials. He can bring good out of every difficult season or situation you ever experience.
For those who love him.
This identifies the exclusive recipients of God’s promise.
The identifying mark of a Christian is love for God. First John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.” Your love of God is evidenced by your salvation in Jesus Christ. God will dispense his favor to “those who love him” and that includes you.
Who have been called according to his purpose.
God’s plans for you are bigger than the trials you may be facing today. He is sovereign over every aspect of your work day, the good and the bad. God will work through you and your circumstances to accomplish his good purpose for your life.
Proverbs 11:23 declares, “The desire of the righteous ends only in good.”
There is no limit to the good God can bring from your next trial.