All things work together for good to them that love God.
Romans 8:28 “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.”
Do you love God?
Have you been called according to His purpose?
Then all the things of your life (yes, even the bad things) will work together, as one large mass for good. It is God’s good, for your life, and it is God’s Purpose.
I’ve never understood this verse. How can the terrible things in my life (a lot I have done, and some which has been done to me) work for good; even God’s good?
It is explained in the next few verses.
Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate, to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Foreknowledge is always about people. God foreknew you, me, every Christian, by His choice of us, in Christ Jesus. He knew who we would be, what we felt, our own particular besetting sin, and yet He chose us; for His Purpose.
Predestination is about the calling and good works, we are to do. He has given us a destiny before we were even born, which leads us in the way we are to go.
And the way we are to go is: through the circumstances chosen for me, by hearing His Word to me.
Isaiah 30:21 “And thine ear shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”
Be not afraid, He has made provision for us. That is what is meant by “God hath before ordained” in Ephesians 2:10.
“Ordained” means that full provision…everything we need has been made for us…not in general, but in specific; for God is very specific.
Romans 8:30 “Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
And here is the way we become conformed to Him; for we, as Christians, are to walk in the Reality of this verse.
Called; making sure of our calling and election, by doing what we have been called to do: whether ministry, witnessing, praying.
Justified; knowing that our standing before God is in Christ. Therefore we are made new in spirit, and nature. As He walked here on earth, so we should.
Glorified; tasting even of that glory of God, which is yet future.
Walking in Christ’s Triumph; experiencing His Victory by the faith He has given us, in our circumstances.
Seeing His Will being done where we personally are concerned. Enjoying the blessing of His Presence, everywhere He leads.
Romans 8:31-32 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
He freely gives us all things; with Him. In Christ we have our life, in His Word we have His purpose, in His Spirit we have His guidance and power….what do we lack?
And this is how all things work together for good: it is God’s good, and it is God’s Purpose; for us.
His is an eternal love.
A love which knows us, and our sin; and wraps His arms around the whole of us; to forgive, and cleanse us.
He shows us His love in purifying every area of our lives, to the praise of His glory.
He has seen us in eternity past, loved us in Christ Jesus, and made a way that we might be as close to Him as we can.
We can be conformed to the image of His Son: His character and determination.
We can enjoy fellowship in Him, and feel the power of His glory and strength for us in the everyday circumstances of our lives.
Power to do. Power to be. Power to stand, in the world we live in.
We can know that all things work together for His good, and praise Him for it.
We can know that all things work together for His Purpose, and embrace it.
We can love God, in life and works.