The first part of this verse I find very comforting. It speaks to me of God’s careful planning of creation. “All things" (everything NASB) (3605) are for Him or have a “purpose NASB”.
God “made” (6466) everything for its own purpose. We can assume that He assigns that purpose. It also does not say “for His purpose in the sense of the plan of salvation”. There are generic purposes such as providing nutrition or fixing nitrogen to the soil which do not have the same divine mandate as His purpose for your life. This could have been in Paul’s mind:
(Rom 8:28 KJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Since God is a long range planner, it is a given that the “new” discoveries of science were built into nature at creation. Some of the miracles we now take for granted. Most of us have boarded airplanes without a lot of thought about the miracle of flight, yet God has had the birds doing it forever. What else are we looking at that waits for our curiosity? Have you seen the books advertised telling us about all the miraculous uses of vinegar? It seems it can cure anything from cancer to dandruff. Maybe I have the wrong book in mind, but if I were a little more gullible I would buy one. I am tempted just to find out all the uses that my grandmother knew about and were not passed down. What remains to be uncovered? Will the next breakthrough be cheap and abundant energy?
It could also just be a reflection that all of nature is in God’s hands. Does the common house fly have a purpose? I would imagine so. If nothing else it is part of God’s recycling plan because the maggots feast on dead animals. The world we live in works together in ways that we don’t even imagine. You remember the media frenzy about the BP oil spill in the Gulf. It was the beginning of the end. It was an environmental disaster. But most of the oil has disappeared. Where did it go? It seems there is a bacteria that God specially designed to get rid of leaking oil. It has been around all along. On the coast of California where the environmentalists have managed to stop drilling the oil is seeping out naturally. It always has. It always will. But God had a plan.
So trust in His plan. We don’t need to know everything. When you were a child in the back seat of the car your drove your parents crazy with, “Are we there yet?” Plan when you can, trust when you can’t. It is a glorious place in life to be.
Creation, Trust of Faith