All things work together for good to those who love God?

Commentary By:  Gordon King

Romans 8:28 has always been a verse from scripture that I have gone to for comfort during very difficult times.

Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

I used to believe that it meant those that love God, those that are born again, will always have good things, that all things will turn into good things for us.  I still believe that, however, not the way that I used to!

The apostle Paul tells us that God will work all things together for our good, but what does that actually mean?

I do believe that God will work them out for our good, but, the good that He gives us from them may not be the same kind of good things that we think they are!  I used to believe that it meant good fortune and finances, good health, good relationships, etc.  

As of late I have some deeper insight as to what I believe God actually means by Romans 8:28, and it’s not what I thought that it was!

The good Lord wants the best for us, I am not denying that, and all good things come from God, He is our provider, our healer, and our comforter.  However, is that what this verse actually means?

God blesses us according to His will not our own.

I believe that Romans 8:28 is telling us that all things work together for our good, meaning not earthly things but heavenly things, things that are unseen!

God uses trials, tribulations, and hardships in order to draw us closer to Him.  I believe that this is really what the verse means.  They all work together in order to draw us closer to God, to increase our faith in Him, and to get us to trust and love Him more, making us more holy as He is holy!  These are the things that are really important to God, not what we have here on earth, not what we can gain, not our health, not even our earthly relationships, but our relationship with Him!

It’s not that our health, our happiness, and our relationships here on earth are not important to God, they most certainly are, but they are not of primary importance to Him.

John 4:23

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”

God will allow us to suffer pain and persecution, trials and tribulations, poor health and finances in order for us to become closer to Him and more like Him!  I believe that it is a part of our sanctification process.

John 17:17-19

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.”

None of us want to go through these difficult times in our lives, but we do, and we will. They are unfortunately a necessary part of being sanctified, set apart and made holy.

1 Peter 1:6-9

 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.”

Hebrews 10:14

“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” 

Jesus Christ sanctified us by the shedding of His blood on the cross, but at the same time we are in the process of being sanctified.  He perfected us; however, we still must go through the process of being holy as God is holy. 

2 Corinthians 3:18

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Our perfection (sanctification) will not be completed until our glorification, when Christ fully redeems us and makes us like Him.

1 John 3:2-3

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

Our current sufferings in this world are for a reason, to sanctify us and also to test our faith, and the apostle Paul refers to them as temporary light afflictions.

Romans 8:18

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

2 Corinthians 4:7-18

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you.

13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, 14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

Seeing the Invisible

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

The things that God is working out for our good are eternal things, things which are not seen.  They are heavenly things, godly things, things that will make us more like God, draw us closer to God, increase our relationship with God, and lead us to love God even more!

Even though none of us want or like to go through trials and tribulations it is a necessary step in our sanctification process.  Knowing that the end result will be the glory of God that will one day be revealed in us!

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!  Looking up!!!