Romans 8:28 says, “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.” Though this is true, we must realize that God never uses sin to advance His kingdom. It can never by excused by saying, “God is using it to help me get to know Him better.” This is a confession of deception. God works all things together for good to those who love Him and walk in accord with His calling. He does not work all things together for the benefit of the man who lives carelessly in sin. In other words, sin cannot promote God’s kingdom. Consider Samson whose eyes were plucked out because of his life of sin. His sin did not complement him and it did not complement the kingdom. God will bring about good results from that which is not good only when there is recovery.
However, God can bring a good end result from our failures when we repent and recover in grace. The effects of sin must often remain, but the revelation of His character and grace to bear up under trials are positive results.
As we recover and boldly face every situation in life as an opportunity to grow in grace, we partake of the infallible promise in Ephesians 3:16-19. The “riches of his glory” are available to us, His children, in every situation!