Summary: One of the most encouraging promises by GOd is that ALL things will work out for GOOD to them that LOVE GOD: Is that promise for me?
All Things Working Together
Everyone likes encouragement and today we will look at one of the most encouraging and outstanding promises of God. The context of our study is from verses Romans 8:18-27 which we looked at last week where we learned: After we have been saved by the love and grace of Christ, we still suffer and groan within our hearts as we wait confidently and patiently, like expectant MOTHERS in labor for the completion of our salvation, our glorification in Christ; we wait for the reception of our new and eternal bodies.
But the promise for followers of Jesus from Romans 8:28 says. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good... to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” We can understand the “all things” as everything that has and is happening in our lives. The term “For Good” is GOD’S higher GOOD. It HIS intended end of all things: God is using this earthly timeframe and the happenings in your life in HIS KINGDOM that is NOT OF THIS WORLD. He is preparing a place for satan and all of his angels and followers that will be outside of God’s Kingdom; That place will be a place TOTALLY VOID OF ANY GODLY GRACE whatsoever, which is foreign to anyone on this earth.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good (God’s HIGHER GOOD) So WHO are the beneficiaries of God’s Promise for all things in this life “TO WORK TOGETHER FOR HIS GOOD”.
The Promise Is Not for Everybody
The verse explains that God DOES NOT GIVE THIS PROMISE of “all things working together” to everybody in the world. In effect, Paul says that if you don’t LOVE GOD, you can’t claim this promise. If you don’t LOVE GOD, everything isn’t someday going to work out for “GOOD”. If you are not called according to God’s PURPOSE, you can’t claim this promise. If you do not LOVE God, eternal optimism is not in view. If you don’t love God, pessimism is in view for you because “all things” in your life are NOT going to work for “GOOD”.
If you DO NOT LOVE God, then Romans 2:5 states your present condition: “But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.” If you are walking through life every day and you do NOT LOVE God, then every day and in every circumstance that happens to you, things may SEEM TO BE WORKING OUT FOR YOU, but ACTUALLY you are storing up eternal punishment for yourself. By not LOVING God, you are refusing to acknowledge and serve Him AS God.
You may appear rich and prosperous or you may appear poor, you may be healthy or sick, you may be ambitious or lazy, but either way, you are STILL storing up eternal wrath for yourself IF YOU CAN’T SAY WITH CERTAINTY: LORD God, I LOVE YOU: God’s Word says that if you do not love God and you are not called according to God’s purposes, ALL of your life experiences are not leading to good at all, but your life is heading to eternal misery. That’s a frightening thought!