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ALL Things

“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” (Romans 8.28).

This masterpiece from the pen of the Apostle Paul has served as a tremendous source of encouragement to struggling Christians throughout the centuries. many people have looked with fear upon their circumstances, only to be driven to the Word of God. Once there, many cling desperately to this verse, daring to hope that it is true.

But the problem that many of us face is this: we have a suspicion somewhere in the back of our minds that, maybe, just maybe, not ALL things work out for our good. We try to bravely suppress such thoughts, knowing that good Christians merely trust God. But deep within, we hear whispers of doubt as they echo throughout our soul.

Faith is easy when life is good, and every day is sunny. But it’s in the dark night of the soul that we look to the promise of Romans 8.28. All things work together for good….We know what it says, and we try to believe that it’s true. Yet our heart and mind rebel against our spirit, telling us that not ALL things work together for good.

Sickness, bills, failing grades, and satanic opposition bring many Christians to their knees. They look up into the skies and see the glimmer of hope that is Romans 8.28. And so they recite these hallowed words: “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.” Can it really be true? Life seems to tell us a different story, one of heartache and despair, chaos and defeat.

I am convinced that God wants to hear our doubts as well as our professions of faith. Time and time again the Psalmist bared his soul before God, and let the all-seeing Lord know how he truly felt. The Psalmist understood, however, that his doubt must give way to faith, because God is on His throne. And He works ALL things together for good.

It doesn’t make sense, and form our perspective, it isn’t rational. But Romans 8.28 is still in the Bible, and it’s followed up by Paul’s magnum opus:

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8.38-39).
Nothing can separate us from God’s love. He’s always there, picking up the pieces of our shattered lives and pouring out his matchless grace. He works all things together for good. ALL things. It doesn’t make sense to my finite human mind. But then again, it’s not supposed to. My job is to believe that God meant what He said. And so I choose to believe in the promise of Romans 8.28. I dare to hope.

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