While writing about mental health I wondered – what was God thinking, when He planned my life knowing all I would face? Did He know what was coming before I was born? Did He have a plan for it all? The answer is yes and yes.
Believers in Christ are in God’s mind, before the foundation of the world. Amazing! Right? And, as the Creator, God knew all about my life before I drew my first breath. He knew the color of my hair. He knew it would thin as I aged. He knew I would struggle in school. He knew I would have mental illness. And, in spite of this He had a plan and it was good.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good
to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose.
Because of this truth I can know with absolute certainty that God causes all things to work together for good. Even the bad things. Most people, including myself, think these good things are like cancer going into remission, new friends after a difficult move or a fresh start after a job loss. But this is not what good in this verse means. Actually, it has a better meaning. By looking at the next verse, the definition of good becomes clearer.
For those whom He foreknew,
He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son,
so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
The good then that God purposes, through the events of our lives, is conformity to the image of His Son. It is God’s plan that the Christian becomes more like Jesus. A question might be, how does struggling with mental illness, make someone like Jesus?
Any illness has the effect of humbling a person. It shows that we are lacking in some way and gives the opportunity to trust God with the unknown. The process of being ill and dealing with a chronic illness gives opportunities to develop patience.
How has God used something in your life to make you more like Jesus? How has a difficult situation changed your character for the good?
Related: Mentally Healthy Christians
Romans 8:28 NASB, 1960 (Italics added)
Truth of Romans 8:28 learned from Kay Arthur
Romans 8:29 NASB, 1960
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