To truly believe that “everything happens for a reason,” one must believe the Bible is true, that God is God, truly sovereign and that all things are allowed or ordained by him.
Believing this simple truth sets a soul at rest in all our bends towards self-preservation and self-promotion, among other self-motivated and self-achieved ends. The key word in our tired little worlds is “self.” Believing the sovereignty of God is radical in our world of self-sufficiency, self-advocacy, self-reliance, which culminates into our pride in being self-made individuals. The cycle of self-preservation and self-promotion in recreating oneself over and over again never ends. These which tire a soul can wear one unto death. Not a willing death by any means, but a slow decrease in the quality of life until one feels as though he/she is breathing but not alive. Whereas a willing death to self upon the cross of Christ results in true life, a resurrection. And the fullness of life thereof. So let us reap the benefits of peace that come from believing God for who he is. Let us promote Christ, the God who is in control of it all, and humble ourselves beneath the safety of his mighty hand, that in his time he would lift us up.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.