In the world but not of it

December 8, 2009


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And we know that all things work together for good to those
who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

This verse has to be one of the most quoted in the entire
Bible. We refer to it when we are down or just want to remind ourselves that
everything is really okay.

If you have ever heard a teaching on this verse or read a
commentary then you know that the emphasis is typically on the phrase “all
things”. The comments are usually that it does not say “some things” and that
everything in our lives is under God’s control.

While that is an extremely important fact to know we should
also understand the true meaning of the phrase “work together”. In the original
language it is actually one word. It is the word from which we get the English
word “synergy”.

The word means to collaborate and cooperate. It speaks of
contribution towards a common goal or end state. It means exactly what you
would expect synergy to mean.

Studies consistently show that people who are working in
unison and have a high degree of synergy end up with much higher levels of
productivity and even quality of work. God has designed people and things to
“work together”.

In much the same way God takes all the events in our lives;
those that we consider important and even those that we probably pay little
attention to, and then He weaves them together into a fabric that is intricate
and detailed. This “working together” produces a level of synergy that results
in a beautiful fabric and pattern that is specific to our lives.

The things that interrupt this synergy and can become an
impediment to the collaboration and cooperation are those attitudes of fear,
doubt, discouragement…that creep into our mind when we don’t quite see how He
is taking it all and working it together.

He makes all things beautiful in His time (Eccl. 3:11)


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