“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
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
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.