“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Rom.8:28)
This has to be without a doubt one of the most quoted Scriptures in the Bible. It is also one of the most misinterpreted as well! Please allow me to in just a few words attempt by the Grace of God to shed some light on this great promise that was given to you and I, praying that it will help some.
What we need to understand first and foremost is that this promise is conditional. Paul writes that “all things work together for God to those who love God.” What we’re been told here is that one must be saved in order that this promise come to fulfillment in one’s life. Therefore those who do not know the Lord cannot claim this promise for themselves despite the fact that they too quote this Scripture, and often so. Secondly, Paul writes “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” As we see here, the second condition that needs to be met in order that this promise come to fulfillment in our lives is that we conform ourselves to His purpose, in other words conform ourselves to His Will for our lives. You’ve got many today in the Body of Christ who love the Lord yet aren’t in His Will, don’t much care for it either, even fight it thereby causing themselves untold misery that won’t ever work for good in their lives! These same folk wonder then why they go through what they’re going through, not understanding, or worse still, not accepting that all of God’s promises are conditional upon our being obedience to Him!
There’s no secret that trouble besets us all, believers and non-believers alike. How wonderful to know that those of us who know the Lord have His promise that no matter what comes our way He will see to it that they’ll turn for our benefit. He has in fact assured us of it! Please remember, Paul didn’t say ‘we pray’, nor ‘we hope’, but wrote “we know all things work together for good”, in other words this promise is certain to come to pass if we meet its conditions. Neither did he say ‘some’ things’, ‘most things’, but “all things” work together for good in the lives of those of us who love the Lord and seek to be in His Will! I don’t know about you but these are promises I can live with, and conditions I don’t want to live without. What about you? Things do happen all the time you know, and some of them don’t make us very happy! Are you at the place where you know that no matter what they are, they’ll work for your good?