All things work together

When St. Paul writes, “All things work together toward good for those that love [and trust] God”, he seems to be laying out a principle of “Christian Karma”.  Is this so? Yes and no.

First of all, it’s not magic. There is no transactional relationship with the Almighty. If you think so, you are mistaken.

Second of all, God’s ways are not our ways. What we think are blessings are not necessarily what God thinks are blessings. The same is also true about misfortune. Often, when misfortune befalls us or some unexpected burden arises, we later (and frequently much, much later) come to find that there were substantial blessings hiding in those events and conditions, not the least of which is what they drew out of us.

What we really need to understand about this principle is that it is completely mysterious and under the control of God, not us. And thankfully so, because God is generous to us beyond all expectations. If we received only what we could conceive, we would be much poorer as a result.

Let’s summarize it this way:

“May we always be amazed and grateful at how God knows how to get His way without violating anyone’s freedom.”

When you look at it that way, it begins to be its own thing, rather than something resembling karma.



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