Revelation 12:10 says “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.’”
Satan is the accuser, as it says in the above verse. But he also wants us to be more like him, not like God. Sometimes it can be very difficult to understand why God allows things in our lives, like our illness or chronic pain. We can definitely come to Him and ask Him why, but do we have the right to ask in such a way that we are accusing Him of doing something He shouldn’t have done? In such cases, are you listening to Satan, or listening to God? We have to discern where our thoughts are coming from and be careful not to accuse God of anything unjust.
And here it comes. The verse you have probably heard over and over again, and it has probably been quoted to you several times regarding your illness or chronic pain. “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. The devil would love for you to hear that verse and roll your eyes. Yet again he would like you to think, “yeah hath God said?” Does that mean everything that happens is actually good? Is that verse saying your disease is good? Is it saying your disability or pain are good? No, certainly not. But it does mean that anything that happens in your life can work toward being a good thing, for your benefit and for God’s own glory. But this only works for “those who are the called.” That would mean only those who are truly Christians, not those who attend church or rely on the good things they have done to outweigh the bad and get them to Heaven. There is a distinct difference! Those who are “the called” are those who have given their lives over 100% to the Lord. It’s no longer their life, but they are letting God dictate everything that happens from the point of salvation on. So if you are one of those, this verse says we KNOW that ALL things work together for good.
What is that good then? That is something you will need to seek God to find out. Each person’s situation is different, and God has a specific good He wants to work through your life.
So is it possible that it might not work out for good? Definitely. If you resist God or totally give up on God, you are no longer living according to His purpose, and you will live your life in defeat. The devil will win. His plan will have worked, and you will be in bondage to him, filled with anger, depression and despair.
Paul was someone who had a lot of conflict in his life. If there ever was someone who could question God’s goodness, it was Paul. Paul was beaten, shipwrecked, went hungry, was put in prison and had people constantly trying to end his life. We will delve into his life experiences a bit later. But in Phillipians 1:12 he said, “But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel.” He KNEW that ALL things were working together for good, for benefit. He also referred to these things that happened to him as “light affliction.” In 2 Corinthians 4:17, it says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” That pretty much sums it up, it is a light affliction compared to the eternal pay-off.
You must also realize that you are completely immortal until the will of God is finished in your life. And guess what, Satan and his angels cannot change that. He cannot kill you, but he can hinder you, and that is what he plans to do. So loved one, have the courage and tenacity of Paul so that one day you can say, “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy.” (Acts 20:24a).