The Bible says God can make all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28). A key phrase in this claim is “all things.”
Think about how profound that statement is. Nowhere does not God promise us that every incident in our life will be good. On the other hand, God can make ALL the divergent pieces in our life work together for our good.
Have you seen the truth of this verse at work in your life in the past? I know I have.
The incident that stands out above all others was during my previous pastorate. About the sixth year into that ministry, it was as if the devil had declared all-out war against me. The ordeal was too long and dark for me to see any light at the end of test.
All I could do was keep pressing my way in the Lord and try to make it through another day. I felt bad for my wife and five children. They all felt the burden of my test. But I could do nothing to ease their burden.
After more than two years of my trial, somehow, God made all things work together for my good. That experience has changed me for a lifetime. No other experience in my life has come close to that experience in contributing to my spiritual maturity as a Christian and minister of the gospel.
In this post, I want to underscore a particular point about the verse referred to above. First, let’s look at the actual quote: “We know that all things work together for good to them that Love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
The question is, for whom does this verse say that all things will work together for good? It is those who love God. So it is when a person Loves God that all things will work together for his or her good.
The Christian Who Loves God
Any Christian can say he loves God. But loving God is not incidental to being a Christian. Rather, in the eyes of the Lord, the Christian who loves God is a particular breed of Christian. So who is the Christian the loves God?
One, the Christian who loves God is one who keeps the Lord’s commandments. “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me,” Jesus says (John 14:21, NASB).
Based on this verse, it is when a person strives to live in obedience to the Lord that all things will work together for his or her good.
Two, the Christian who loves God is one who endures temptation instead of giving into it. “Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, wh,ich the Lord has promised to them that love him” (James 1:12, KJV).
We know we are saved by grace through faith. Being faithful in the face of temptation is not a requirement for salvation. But doing so is a reflection of one’s love for God. Based on this verse, it is for the Christian who remains faithful amidst temptation that all things will work together for his good.
Three, a Christian who loves God is one who loves the people of God. ‘If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar…’ (1 John 4:20).
We can’t separate loving God from loving His people. Whatsoever we do to the least of His children we have done to Him.
Romans 8:28 is a powerful declaration of God’s involvement in our life and His ability to make all things work together for our good.
But this verse is also sobering. God loves all of His children. But not all of God’s children love Him. The verse does not apply to all Christians but to those who love God.
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