Summary: Romans 8:28 runs a close second to John 3:16 as one of the best know and loved verses in the Bible. It comes to the heart of every Christian when facing a time of crisis, difficulty or trial. It comes to the mind of the Christian when circumstances are
The Certainty of Faith
Romans 8:28 runs a close second to John 3:16 as one of the best know and loved verses in the Bible. It comes to the heart of every Christian when facing a time of crisis, difficulty or trial. It comes to the mind of the Christian when circumstances are too difficult to explain or beyond figuring out. It serves as one of the strongest tools in the arsenal of the Christian counselor, pastor and teacher. And perhaps no verse speaks more directly to man’s walk of faith and his seriousness about God than Romans 8:28.
I’m sure you’ve heard or read many sermons on the verse by great men of God both present and past. And for that reason, some pastors may shy away from preaching Romans 8:28 thinking nothing more could be proclaimed or all that is worthy has been said. However, this should not be a deterrent for the truth and beauty of the verse is immeasurable and reaches as far as God’s love did for us when He sent Christ from heaven’s glory to this earth to die for our sins. Therefore, I pray, as we examine this verse together, God will give you a new sense of freshness and awakening to the immensity of His sovereignty, goodness and faithfulness. Finally, I pray your “faith working through love” (Galatians 5:6) might abound more and more for the glory of God and the furtherance of His Kingdom.
Now, listen to this wonderful verse from the Apostle Paul in Romans 8:28: “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.” What a statement from the one God chose on the Damascus road to pen this statement! How could a man who suffered so much and endured so many hardships and injustices and trials (read 2 Corinthians 11:23-28) make such a statement -- and with such absolute resolve? One might ask if Paul were totally insane or just putting words together than sound nice for the early churches to hear but have no real substance behind them? Of course, the answer is no and the words that are written are as true today for us as they were for Paul and his Christ followers two thousand years ago.
I believe Paul and his followers can make this statement with complete honesty and resolve because they are experiencing the CERTAINTY OF FAITH in their daily lives. Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).” No doubt, Paul and his followers believed God and were seeking Him daily and as a result they were being rewarded with the certainty of faith.
The Certainty of Faith is a great reward God gives “to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” It is a resolve that is “steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (see 1 Corinthians 15:58).” It is a settled belief that “God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints (See Hebrews 6:10).” It is a decidedness that “we must not grow weary in doing good for in due season we shall reap if we faint not (see Galatians 6:9).” Finally, it is an unwavering commitment that “though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15).