Romans 8:28 is God’s greatest promise It says,
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Notice Paul used the word, “everything”, in this verse when he said that God will work things out for good. In the Bible everything means everything. It means there’s nothing left out. There are no qualifications or restrictions on what God can and will do.
Now it’s pretty easy to use good events and circumstances for good purposes, but what about bad events and bad circumstances? These are things like sinful failure – pain – lack of faith – death – horrible loss – and so on. The passage says they are included too. Remember God promises to work “everything” together for good and remember “everything” includes everything.
We can find a good example of this in the story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis. Joseph’s brothers hated him and sold him into slavery. He was taken to Egypt where he became a slave in the home of a high ranking official. During that time, he was falsely accused of a sexual crime he did not commit, and he was put in prison for many years. However, God turned this adversity into good. Pharaoh heard that Joseph could interpret dreams, so he got him out of prison to interpret some of his dreams. Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph that he put him into a position of great power. In this position Joseph was able to save his people from starvation. Years later when Joseph’s brothers finally realized Joseph had done this — they were afraid. Let’s look at what happened in Genesis 50:18-21.
18 Then his brothers came and threw themselves down before Joseph. ‘Look, we are your slaves!’ they said.
19 But Joseph replied, ‘Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you?
20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people’.
That’s a great story and there are many others like in in the Bible. That leads to a question. How can we use the promise of Romans 8:28 in our lives?
Well, first of all, we must be Christians. Christians love God and are called according to His purpose for them. Now, they may not always love God as they should, but they have the love of God in them which helps them get progressively better at accomplishing that.
So, how can we use this promise in our lives? Very simply — we must EXPECT God to take our trials, our tribulations and all our adversity and use them for good. Why would we EXPECT that? Well, because that’s what God says He will do. We don’t know how He will do it. We don’t know when He will do it. But we believe He will do it, because God ALWAYS does what He says He will do.
So, when we are in a situation where we are going through some difficulty in life – or difficulties — we need to pray and invoke God’s promise in Romans 8:28.
Here’s an example of how to do that.
Lord, here’s what is going on with me (tell Him all about it). In Romans 8:28 You promise to work everything for the good of those who love You and are called by You. I believe You will do that for me, because I am a believer. I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Lord, I don’t know how You will do it or when You will do it. I just know You will do it. Thank You for Your promise and for what You are about to do. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen
That’s it for now. See you next week…