God Works All Things for Good

One of the most famous Scripture passages for believers is Romans 8:28: “For we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

The problem is not that Christians don’t know this passage. They do.

The problem is they don’t really believe it. They have problems trusting God.

What does this passage tell us?

First, God is working. The passage does not mean that everything eventually turns out all right. That is simply not true. Many things don’t simply turn out right.

Romans 8:28 shows us that God is working. Because He, the Master and Creator of the universe, is at work, we can know take heart and find encouragement.

Second, God is working in all things. Nothing that happens to us is too large or too small for God. He is active in our lives. He knows everything about us, and He is working through everything for our good.

Third, this promise is for those who love God and are called according to God’s purpose.

For a long time, I had problem with “called according to his purpose.” What does this mean?

It refers to God’s plan for His people. Romans 8:29-30 are beautiful verses: “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory.”

Notice the promises here. We are brothers and sisters of Christ. God is right now preparing us for our eternity. He has promised us His glory. What amazing promises these are!

Fourth, God is redeeming everything. He is taking all that happens and bringing it together for good.

Finally, God is working for our ultimate and eternal good. He is right now forming our character through the things we are facing. He is using this to form perseverance, trust, and character within. God has more than we could ever ask or imagine for us. He is getting us ready to live with Him.

I love Babbie Mason’s song: “God is too wise to be mistaken God is too good to be unkind So when you don’t understand When you don’t see his plan When you can’t trace his hand Trust his heart”

I pray God’s blessings upon you today.

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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