Unless otherwise specified, all Bible verses come from the New King James Version (NKJV).
The text for today is found in Romans 8:28. It’s a verse that we’re all familiar with. But many people misinterpret it. We often hear (especially when going through a storm), “All things work together for good”. What is missing is the rest of that verse. The entire text reads “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 a verse limited to those who “love God, the called according to His purpose”. So, this would seem to be limited to those who are believers and followers of Jesus Christ.
But how can we say that ALL things work together for good? Don’t tragedies take place? What about when things go wrong? Is God really working out all things for my good? My separation and divorce? Was that good?
Comforting my crying son each time he comes over to my house? Is that good?
YES. Either everything that comes from the Word of God is true, or everything is false. There is no middle ground.
It’s an inevitable fact of human life that: A) You’re going through a storm,
B) You just came out of a storm or
C) You’re about to enter a storm.
But how do we handle this? If we don’t have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, there can be a pervasive sense of hopelessness. But we as believers have hope. Upon our conversions, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within us. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Hopelessness is NOT one of those things.
The Lord has said that ALL, not some, not most, but ALL things work together for our good. And even set an example of this.
The greatest man to ever walk the planet was brutalized, mocked and tortured before being put to death like a criminal. Oh, and His anguish is recorded in 46th verse of the 27th chapter of Matthew, where He cries out at the realization that He is completely alone. The most important relationship of His existence, severed by the weight of humanity’s sin.
I ask you…was that GOOD?
YES! Because were it not for His death, burial and eventual resurrection, sin would still be a debt hanging over the lives of each of us. We would be lost, biding time until spending eternity, separated from a God who is holy, holy, holy. Jesus’s death was the GREATEST GOOD, yet it only came about through the suffering and death of the One called by the Lord.
Be of good cheer, fellow believer. That setback in your life is often a setup by Almighty God.
Olayemi E. Ogunbase