Nothing Wasted

Michael Beck

“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.” (Romans 8:28)

We hate what’s unnecessary. We can’t stand what did not “have to” be. We have no use for the “stupid” occurrences of life that could well have been avoided. We sigh, “If only this had happened, that could have been prevented;” or, “If only that had not happened, this could have been.”

It is true: not everything which happens in life is inevitable. Peace is not found in a stoic resignation to fate. But for those who are in Christ there is no useless event. The Father makes use of every circumstance to conform us to the image of His Son. Nothing is ever wasted. Even the wrath of man can praise Him. (Ps. 76:10)

Could things have gone differently for us? Sure. Did our actions and those of others play a big part in shaping our life? Sure. But whether we call any of those things good or bad doesn’t really matter. All that matters is whether we let God use them for what He calls good – the formation of the image of Christ in our life.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.