We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.
As humans, born in rebellion toward God, we tend to think that we are the masters of our fate. When we think that we have lost control, we try to gain control back again. Actually, only God has control over every circumstance. It is true that God has given us a certain amount of freedom to choose, but through it all, God is working things out for the good of those who love Him.
It is very interesting that “all things” are working together for our good. That means that there is nothing that God doesn’t have control over. Somehow, all of our choices are actually working the way that God expects them to work. How does He do that? I don’t expect to ever understand this, but I do know what it is like to write software. I program choices into my programs and when they operate on their own, they appear to be making their own decisions. To someone who doesn’t know better, it would seem like the machine has a mind of its own. In reality, it does what I made it to do. I am limited in my ability to know how my software will work in every situation, however. My ability to calculate all of the possible relationships is limited to only very few. God, however, knows all of the things that will happen to His creatures. My creatures are very limited and don’t even have much of a brain. God’s human creatures have a soul and are made after His image. This is a great mystery to me but not to God.
It is comforting to know that God is in control and that He is making everything work out for our good.