Excerpt from An online Course: Where God puts two hearts in a home.
“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 Verse 28 is one well known verse in the bible for it tells us that everything which happens in our lives will ultimately turn out for good. However, to fully appreciate this promise…we must understand the verse more clearly.
First, we need to note that this promise is only to those who already love God. Often, we tend to take this verse to mean that we can continue to enthrone self and that God will make everything turn out well for us, and then we will gratefully love Him. On the contrary, He asks us to love Him for who He is and what He has done in Christ first. Then we can claim the promise that all things will work together for good.
Second, we need to properly define good. What good is Paul talking about in Romans 8:28? Is it that everything will be easy in our lives? We have to look at the promise in view of those people who really did love God fervently and, therefore, should have experienced this verse most fully.
How did everything turn out for good in their lives? Peter and Andrew were crucified. Thomas was speared to death in India. Matthew was hacked to death by a sword. Paul, details a list of his sufferings in 2 Cor 11:23-25, 27 “…five times I received from the Jews forty lashes less one; Three times I was beaten with a rod; Once I received a stoning; Three times I suffered shipwreck; A night and a day I spent adrift in the open sea; Sleepless nights; In hunger and thirst, many times without food; In cold and without enough clothing”.
Are we able to see God’s goodness even in the midst of lack or suffering? Despite the sufferings and difficulties Paul faced, he was confident of God’s goodness. We have only to look at all those whom God loved in Scripture and in history to see that the good …God promises us in Romans 8:28 always has to do, not with mere personal comfort, but with ultimate good such as:
- Perfecting character (Rom 5:3-4)
- Earning rewards in heaven (Mt 5:11-12)
- Receiving a place of service in God‘s kingdom as the ultimate good for the whole world(Rom 8:19-25)
As we choose to interpret what we experience in this life through the grid of the truth that God does indeed love us more than we can imagine, we will find plenty of reasons, like Peter, to rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy that good is prevailing, despite difficult situations (1 Pet 1:8).
Make it your prayer that God reorient your mind to see Christ and His kingdom as the ultimate good in one’s life.