GOD WORKS FOR OUR GOOD, By Lori Hatcher
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
This Scripture brings comfort, direction, and hope to Christians every day. Sadly, it’s also one of the most misquoted and misunderstood verses in the Bible.
I’d like to share three things about this popular verse you may never have noticed.
First, Romans 8:28 doesn’t mean we can live any way we choose, and God will fix our messes.
To understand the truth of Romans 8:28, we can’t just quote the part of the verse we like: “And we know that in all things God works for the good…” and skip the rest, “of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
This verse says to those who love God and are doing their best to obey his commands, “Even though bad/sad/evil/wicked things will touch your life, I (God) will use them to ultimately bring about good, both in your life and in the world.
Second, Romans 8:28 tells us God can use all things together for good. He doesn’t say all things are good.
No matter how rose-colored our glasses are, there’s nothing good about cancer, sex trafficking, or death. Until Jesus returns and conquers Satan once and for all, sin will continue to drag its poisonous tentacles across our world, damaging and destroying everything in its wake.
The truth of Romans 8:28 reminds us that although sin and Satan are powerful, God is more powerful; He is able to redeem and restore anything for our good and his glory. All things may not be good, but God can and will use all things for good.
The final thing you may never have noticed about Romans 8:28 and its accompanying verse, Romans 8:29 is the ultimate good God wants to accomplish in the lives of his children:
“For those God foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers”
A wise Bib
le teacher once told me, “God allows everything into our lives for one of two purposes—either to bring us into a relationship with himself or, if we already know him, to make us more like his Son.”
As long as we live in this world, people will attempt to reconcile God’s sovereignty with humanity’s suffering. Verses like Romans 8:28 assure us that no suffering is wasted, and God is always at work for our good and his glory. When we cannot comprehend why trials come and struggle to imagine that anything good can come from them, we can rest in the security that God is in control.
Rosalyn’s Note: This verse are always a comfort to me. It is a very misunderstood verse so when I read this description I wanted to share.
BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN GOD’S AMAZING WORLD
SUNSET IN TANZANIA
STEEN CREEK, MUSKEG NORTHERN ALBERTA CANADA
SPRING IN JAPAN
SNOW TRAIN, WINTER PARK, COLORADO SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GUY IS BLIND FOLDED………………………
THE REPUBLICAN IN ME COULD NOT RESIST SHARING THIS ONE!!
Subject: REGARDING RECENT E-MAILS ABOUT OUR DOG
IN RESPONSE TO ALL OF THE RECENT E-MAILS ABOUT OUR DOG.
I AM SICK AND TIRED OF ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT HIM.
YES, HE BIT 6 PEOPLE WEARING OBAMA T-SHIRTS,
4 PEOPLE WEARING HILLARY T-SHIRTS,
2 CAR DRIVERS WITH BERNIE SANDERS BUMPER STICKERS,
9 TEENAGERS WITH PANTS HANGING PAST THEIR BUTT CRACKS,
2 FLAG BURNERS
AND A PAKISTANI TAXI DRIVER.
SO FOR THE LAST TIME, THE DOG IS NOT FOR SALE!
NO, I DO NOT APPROVE OF HIS SMOKING, BUT HE SAYS IT HELPS GET THE “BAD TASTE” OUT OF HIS MOUTH!!
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Reach out to someone in need this week!
Let others see Jesus in you this week!
Be His light in the darkness this week!
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