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All Things Work For The Good

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgIt is the time of the year when people are graduating from school. Some are moving from High School to College – some from High School to the work force – and some from college to the work force. It is also the time of year for weddings – I think June has traditionally been the most popular month for weddings.

In each of these scenarios and more – the hope is always that all things would work for the good. We’re hoping the decisions we have made and training or education we have received – will work for the good! I have yet to see a coupe walking down the aisle that wasn’t full of a measure of hope that all things will work for the good.

Today’s passage is often quoted – but often without the tag line or the verses around it. Today’s passage reads – Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Here it is in partial context – please note the verses before it and after it. Romans 8:18–31 – 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

God can indeed work things for the good out of any circumstance. Joseph – with the robe of many colors – is a good Biblical example. What Satan meant for evil was used by God to save the people of God.

What is it in our life that we think Satan means for evil that we could turnover to God and let Him have control? Not just the bad things – but also all things! God can make good come out of anything – as we yield to Him – as we get ourselves in line with His will. God has a plan. Are we walking in it or are we trying to be in control?  God knows all that will happen – the good and the bad – and God has a plan that can bring Him glory – if we would just let go and let God.  Think about it!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 6, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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