Last week, our church was blessed to serve alongside Lutheran Church Charities at the American Red Cross Multi-Agency Resource Center, which was temporarily set up in Round Lake Beach after recent flooding. The Center connected flood victims with needed resourcing, and we were blessed to offer to pump out their basements for free, as well as provide devotional books on God being present in the midst of suffering. It was a powerful experience.
Yet underneath that experience, a question arose for me- how is God going to turn this ugliness and mess and muck and mire into good? After all, the Bible promises just that, in Romans 8:28: “We know that in ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love Him...” So how will God turn this into good?
The New Testament was originally written in Greek, and the Greek word for good is ‘Syn-er-gay-o’, which is where we derive the word ‘synergy’ from. In a way, we can think of it like this- God takes whatever the evil one, the broken world, and sinful humanity throws at us and ‘synergizes’ it, works it, to create something new and different and… get this… good.
And the Greek word for good here is ‘A-ga-than’, which translates into ‘intrinsically good’. Not just good on the outside, or temporarily good, but wholly good.
This is the work of God- turning the muck and mire of our lives into something that we trust will be intrinsically good for us and for our benefit. Perhaps you are in the midst of waiting for that right now; let me encourage you, from God’s Word- He promises to work for you. And if God is for you, who can be against you? (Romans 8:31).