Many Christ-followers like to quote part of Romans 8.28… we say, “All things work together for good!” When we’re going through tough times… “All things work together for good!” When we’re sick… “All things work together for good!” When things don’t work out the way we want… “All things work together for good!” When we don’t understand… “All things work together for good!” But many of us quote the verse without really understanding the theological truth behind it… which really gives the verse its “umph.”
First, the promise applies to a certain group of people. The promise to cause all things to work together for good is “for those who love God… for those who are called according to His purpose.” The promise is for those who have decided to follow Him with their lives. They have been called into a relationship with Him, and they follow (love) Him.
But there is another truth in this verse. Namely, things don’t just haphazardly work together for good… crazy situations don’t just fix themselves, as if by osmosis. The emphasis of this verse is that God causes all things to work together for good. The emphasis behind the text is on God’s faithfulness and His power. Because of who He is, He has the ability to tie up all the loose, raggedy pieces of our lives and turn them into a thing of beauty. Only the awesome God of the Bible can pull that off! And when the apostle Paul says all things, that’s exactly what he means: all things! No matter what you’ve done, where you’ve been, who’ve you’ve done it with and where you did it… it falls under all things. Are there consequences to our sinful actions? Yes, indeed. But even the consequences of our sins fall under ‘all things’! There are so many “jacked up” things in this world: poverty, hunger, injustice, crime, neglect, racism… and they all fall under the category of ‘all things.’ Only our gracious, benevolent, all-wise Creator God can cause all those things to work together for good. Only He can do that!
I’ve been “living in” this verse for a few days now… thankful that the God I serve loves me enough not to leave me undone. I’m thankful that He can take our pieces , and turn them into praises… for His glory.
D Plum 😉