Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
About this verse: One of the most encouraging chapters in the Bible is Romans 8. It answers the question: Who or what can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus? The answer, nothing! And the question: Who can bring a charge against God’s elect? Answer: no one! Who can be against us, it continues, no one because God is for us.
So the verse from Romans 8:28 is just a start to these wonderful truths.
First: “God causes…” This verse teaches us that God is indeed at work in the world in the lives of real humans. It is untrue that God set the world in motion then sat down to let us fend for ourselves. God causes, therefore God is alive, active and at work!
Next: “… all things to work together for good” So, this answers a great question that so many people have wondered in thousands of different situations. The question is this: “Can any good come from this?” Or, another way to ask this is, “why did this happen?” Or, “how come God let this happen?” Since, all things work together for good, we have the ability and hope in any situation such as death, grief, depression, crime, loss, evil, cancer, sickness, other diseases, etc., to know that our heavenly Father, the creator, the savior of the world, is in charge and is working good from bad. Righteousness from evil. Making lemonaid out of lemons. Turning Satan’s victories into defeat and our defeats into His victories.
For an example of this consider the cross of Christ. Satan tempted Judas to betray Christ. The disciples lost their leader to the Romans. Jesus was crucified, beaten, put to shame, and publicly disgraced. If one only looks at that side of the cross, then all is bad, evil, purposeless, and pointless. But, as we look at the right side of the cross we have: victory over death, the possiblity of salvation for any who trust in Christ as savior, the forgiveness of sin, the possibility of heaven, eternal life, being considered righteous in God’s eyes for believers, hope beyond the grave, new life in Christ, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, to name just a few.
Next: “…to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” The awesome thing here is that God changes not just eternal life, but also present life. To His followers/believers/faithful, God gives this promise alone. Although God’s grace and mercy often are given to those who do not even trust Him or know Him (rain, food, beauty, love, etc.), God gives this promise “all things will work together for good” only to those who are His, believers in Jesus Christ! What a gift to us, what a promise, what hope.
Remember the next time that something appears evil, bad, or just disappointing, God can and will bring about good, His good, in His good time, in His good way, because He is good. Amen!