Summary: Explains and Offers Personal Questions to the phrases: 'God causes'... 'all things to work together'.... 'to those who love Him'....'and those called according to His purpose.' Our intellectual understanding that God causes all things to work together sh
More Than Conquerors
Scripture Text: Romans 8:28
Scripture Reading: Phil. 3:9-11; 14-15
Introduction: Video: Opening with a Humorous Look at How Life Might Be Going for some of us: Its entitled ‘Alls Well that Ends Well’ (after video) While I am not sure I fully agree with the conclusion that ‘Alls well that ends well’; the video does kind of reflect how we size up life and our purpose.
Read Romans 8:28
Mention Wuest’s Word Studies translation: “And we know with an absolute knowledge that for those who are loving God, all things are working together resulting in good, for those who are called ones according to His purpose.”
Because of the state of our world, we really need things to ‘work together’. So much of our time is spent dealing with things ‘falling apart’ instead of ‘working together.’ While “Jacob cried, all these things are against me. Paul, all things are working together for good.”
John MacArthur summarizes the verse in his commentary: “as believers in Jesus Christ, we know beyond all doubt that every aspect of our lives is in God’s hands and will be divinely used by the Lord not only to manifest His own glory but also to work out our own ultimate blessing.”
The Outline Bible simplifies the understanding of this verse. It organizes it into two parts: What it involves and whom it involves. The ‘what’ is, “God causing everything to work together for good” and the ‘whom’ is, “Those who love God and are called according to his purpose”
Propositional Statement: We need to check in with ourselves and determine whether we really believe that God causes all things to work together. It’s not as simple as saying, “well, it says that right there in Romans 8:28; so it must be right” We all intuitively believe in our heads that ‘God causes all things to work together for good;’ but do we actually express that belief. Does our belief go beyond our intellectual assent? What I am addressing today, is an examination of what we really accept and believe about what God says in His Word.
A. God Meaning It For Good or For What We Don’t Understand
We find many examples in Scripture of God confirming His Comfort and Love to his people. As we read Genesis, we see that he took very good care of Joseph despite the circumstances that he found himself in. (thrown into a hole, sold into slavery, accused of rape, forgotton about, etc….) And how does Joseph respond to the people who persecuted him in Genesis 50:20, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. “So therefore, do not be afraid….”
I am certain that there are things that we do not understand in our lives. We may question God, or even become angry at God because of current circumstances. But, we can rest assured knowing that God wants the very best for us. Not our best, or what we expect to be the best; but primarily what we really need.