Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
This is the chemistry of the cross: that God can work bad situations for our good and His glory.
This verse reiterates the certainty and completeness of this ironclad, rock-ribbed promise of God. He works all things together for His glory and for our good. When we know this, we can appreciate the blessings we would otherwise mistake as burdens.
Adrian Rogers says, “It takes a lot of faith to say, ‘It is good for me that I have been afflicted.’ But it’s then that we begin to look up into the face of God. A sick bed can often teach more than a sermon.”
By the chemistry of the cross, the sweet, the sorrowful, and even the satanic and sinful things work together for good. The same God who rules in the affairs of this world can work the enemy’s attacks for our benefit.
Romans 5:20 says, “...Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.” Because we are bound to sin, we are bound to suffer. But because of the cross, our suffering is met with God’s grace.
The simplest and smallest things are in God’s master control; He is the cause of it all.
Though this is a beautiful and big promise, it is not for everyone. There is a condition to Romans 8:28, which is, “to those who love God.”
When we accept the condition of Romans 8:28, we can fully understand the consequence of it, found in Romans 8:29: “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
The “good” that we receive is our sanctification; we are becoming more like Jesus. God is not finished with us; He will continue to use circumstances to make us look more like our Savior.
Apply it to your life
Are you the one who loves God and believes your circumstances are there to make you look more like Jesus? Spend time in Scripture today, so that you can gain perspective on all things: the sweet, sorrowful, satanic, sinful, simple, and small. He is working them for our good!
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