This is one of the most loved and most quoted verses in the bible. Sadly though, it is also one of the most misunderstood. This verse is not a promise that no harm or hardship will befall you for we know the scripture says that “it rains on the just and the unjust alike” (Matt 5:45), but rather a promise that when those rains come God will use them to water your fields and bring forth much fruit (spiritually speaking).
Trials and tribulations will come in this life but we are not without hope. God has promised to work all things together for our good if we love and serve Him. Not just the good situations but the bad ones also.
I’ve heard it best described like this. If you look at each ingredient used to make a cake you wouldn’t want to have to eat any of them by themselves. The flour alone is plain and dry, baking soda and coco are bitter, the oil is thick, the sugar too sweet but you can work all those ingredients together to make something good and rewarding in the end.
Like wise, God is working all the ingredients of your situation (the pleasant and the not-so-pleasant) together to make something good and rewarding out of it all in the end. Trust Him and wait with expectation and joy to see what a miracle He will make out of your mess.
Hymn by William Cowper
“God Moves in Mysterious Ways”
God moves in a mysterious way
his wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
and rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
of never failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs
and works his sovereign will.
You fearful saints, fresh courage take;
the clouds you so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
in blessings on your head.
His purposes will ripen fast,
unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
but sweet will be the flower.