And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. —Romans 8:28
All things are not good. The death of a child, cancer, drug addiction, war is not good, blasphemy is not good but God can take things that are bad and put them in The infinite place of His wisdom and love. He works all things together for good, and He gives us the glorious, wonderful promise that He will do so. We know that we have victory over sin and over Satan, but this verse in Romans teaches us that we also have victory over our circumstances. It says that all things work together for good.
Here are five things about this promise in Romans 8:28 so that we can see how God works together to help us rise above our circumstances.
The first thing is the certainty of the promise. “We know.” We can be certain. We live by His promises, not conjecture, not perhaps, not maybe; this is an ironclad certainty, not a hope, not a vague opinion.
The second thing is the completeness of the promise: God is a teacher who, by our standards, seems strange. He gives the test first, and then He gives the lesson. We learn through affliction. Think about Joseph in the Bible. Think of all the terrible things that happened to Joseph. He was maligned by his brothers. He was thrown into a pit and sold as a slave; he was lied about and accused of rape. Then he languished in prison. But Joseph, as he looked back, said something that is much like Romans 8:28. Talking to his brothers, Joseph said, “As for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive.”Genesis 50:20
The third thing is the cause of the promise: Don’t get the idea that things inherently, in and of themselves, automatically work for good. In his Letter to the Ephesians Paul clarifies this point: “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will.” If there were not a God in glory, there would not be the promise of Romans 8:28 in the Bible. God is not dead. He is alive and well. He’s not sick. He’s not worn out. He’s not even old. It is God who made this promise. He is the cause of it.
The fourth thing is the condition of the promise. It’s not automatic. “The condition is that we must be lovers of God. Haters of God cannot claim this promise. The first and great commandment is, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Deuteronomy 6:5
The fifth is the purpose of the promise. It is about those who are called according to His purpose. What is His purpose? In Romans 8:28-29 we read, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son.” That’s the key. To make us like Jesus. To be conformed to the image of His Son. There is no higher good than to be like the Lord Jesus Christ.
Reference and Inspiration
The Purpose Driven Life
Finding Myself...written for a friend