God Works in "All Things” For Our Good

A farmer went to his banker and announced that he had bad news and good news. “First, the bad news...” “Well,” said the farmer, “I can’t make my mortgage payments. And that crop loan I’ve taken out for the past 10 years-I can’t pay that off, either. Not o … More

Good

The closing verses in this chapter expand more fully the great theme of the believer’s security. We can be sure that God works in “all things” and not just in isolated incidents for our good (v. 28). This does not mean that everything that happens to us is good in itself. Evil is present in our fallen world, but God is able to turn every circumstance into long range good. However we need to realize that He is not working just to make us happy, but to fulfill His long range purpose. Also this promise is not for everyone. It can be claimed only by those who love God and are called according to His purpose. This is only for those who have trusted in Christ, and not in life’s treasurers; those who look for their security in heaven, not on earth; and those who learn to accept, not resent pain and persecution in this life, because God is with them.

The Holy Spirit is the believer’s continual Prayer Helper, and shares the burden we have. God is at work in the world, and His workings are for our ultimate good and for His glory. He predetermined that we would be like Christ one day. Predestination applies only to saved people, because the Bible does not teach us that God predestines people to be eternally condemned. If they are condemned it is because they refuse to trust Christ. (We find this taught in John 3:18-21). Believers are those God foreknows, and those He foreknew (vv. 29-30). He also predestined them to be conformed to the likeness of Christ. He called, and when they responded to His call and received salvation, He justified them, and He also glorified them. To be glorified is another way of saying that the children of God will be conformed to His Son, and that is God’s ultimate purpose for each one of us.

Application

Today the Holy Spirit helps me pray, and I can know God works all things together for my good. The things themselves may not be good, but God harmonizes all together for my good because His purpose is to bring me to perfection in His presence. Today would be a good time for me to thank God for working all things together for my good and for His glory.

Romans 8:28-30 (English Standard Version)

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

View this passage in NIV (Bible Gateway) »