“Romans 8:28 (KJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
The promise of God in Romans 8:28 does not mean that all things are good or all situations we face will be good, dulcet and palatable. Some events and experiences may be sour. However, God is able to work all these situations for our ultimate good. This promise does not also mean that we’d get all the things we desire. No! This promise in verse 28 of Romans 8 is about the goodness of God. It lends Christians the confidence that no matter the challenge, trial or problem we face, it will conclusively end in praise to God and to our ultimate good.
God is a master planner. He has sketched out every event, step and circumstances we would have to come across. He knows the end from the beginning. He’s the all-knowing Father.
“Isaiah 46:10 (KJV) Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”
With this knowledge, we must learn to trust him completely. We must learn to follow every of his command. From this part of the verse in Romans 8:28, “And we know……,” we are assured and certain that this is God’s will for us. We are convinced beyond doubt and we know that God is making all things work together for us.
Now, a question this verse poses and answers concurrently is that; Who is the beneficiary of this promise? They that love God. This promise isn’t for everyone. No hasty generalization must be made as to who this promise is meant for. If you don’t love God, what this verse is indirectly saying is that “all things can’t work together for your good”. You have to come to Jesus to access this promise. You need to confess and forsake your sins.
Now, this promise is for those who are called according to the purpose of God, those who love God. Verse 29 gives a better insight into this.
“Romans 8:29 (KJV) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Those who desire to conform to the image of Jesus, are the beneficiaries of this promise. Those who have set their own desires apart, those who have set worldly affections apart, those who have separated themselves from the world, those who have heeded to the call of sanctification. Yes! Those are the people who would enjoy this promise in verse 28. All things will work together for their good.
In this verse 29, we see the real reason why this promise is made. All things are working for our good so that we might become more and more like Jesus, till we are transformed into his perfect image. So, the trials, disappointments, setbacks, successes, breakthroughs are only working for one purpose: to bring us into conformity to the image of JESUS CHRIST. That’s the ultimate purpose of Romans 8:28. Our Christian walk would be much easier if we understood this. That, all the things God is making us go through, both the good and bad is for us to become like his Son, Jesus. I pray that God will grant us understanding, the understanding to help us know the length and breadth of his workings in us. Amen.
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