In Ecclesiastes 3:11 it says, “God has made everything beautiful in its time.” In other words, as Paul tells us in Romans 8:28, God causes all things, for the Christian, to work together for good, or, to fit into His plan. Paul goes on to teach that the believer is predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. Hence, each one is called, justified, and glorified. That is God’s beautiful plan for us, and it happens just at the right time.
But, some may say, what if a Christian lives a sinful life? Will he fit into God’s plan? Won’t he ruin the beauty of God’s plan? Absolutely not! Let the sinner sin, but God’s plan will remain beautiful, because even sin, in God’s plan, will be brought to a good result. “In His providence [says John MacArthur], God orchestrates every event in life—even suffering, temptation, and sin—to accomplish both our temporal and eternal benefit.”
So let us understand that God’s plan is perfect, and it is always working to perfect us, even while we are disobedient—for in those times, He works through our sin to humble us, so that we will repent and trust Him more. Remember the children of Israel in the wilderness? They were disobedient and wandered there for forty years. But God used their sin and suffering to humble them and test them so that they would be disciplined to obey Him. Thus, God’s beautiful plan, in the end was to do good for them (Deut. 8:15, 16).
Therefore, God causes all things to work together for good, even if we don’t believe it or understand it. But let me say this: if you want to see (behold and understand) the beauty of God’s plan, in the hard times as well as in the good times, it is so important to abide in Him always. He will help you to keep your eyes pure and your mind alert so that you are wise to understand all His ways and plans. And the more you get to know Him the more beautiful everything becomes; likewise, you will joyfully believe in His promise—that the work that He has begun in you will be completed at the day of Christ (Phil. 1:6, 1 Jn. 3:2).
But even if we don’t see entirely how His plans fit together for us—and we never will—we can believe that they do, because of what we know about God: that He is so wise and good toward us. Thus, in our heart we know that both the times of weeping and rejoicing are from God; and we believe that even suffering, temptation, and sin are allowed by God to accomplish His wonderful work in us—that is, to perfect us. Yes, all the work He does in our life is so wonderful, so appropriate and timely. Nothing is out of step, out of line. All His works are perfect and beautiful!