It is anything but that. During the season of your deepest hurt, you need to not only know what this verse means, but you need to know how to navigate through the challenge that it confronts you with.
This brings us to the heart of the matter. The real issue in this verse is around what the word good means. There is no doubt that all things work together for good for the Christian. But whether things turn out good is not the question. We know that things are going to turn out good because God is good. Can the life of the Christian turn out any other way? I believe not. How can good come out of evil? Most certainly the good Paul is talking about does not necessarily mean I will live a healthy, wealthy, and peaceful life.
We all know better than this.
But man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward. It also does not mean that when trouble inevitably comes, that God is about to turn this tragedy or disappointment into some kind of prosperity or preferred outcome for me. This is a man-centered interpretation of the text. Let me illustrate. Debra was in an automobile accident and her car was totaled.
Through the ordeal, she received an incredible insurance claim that allowed her to buy a car that was far better than her previous aging vehicle. No doubt God was working these things into her life and she received a brand new vehicle. However, it can be misleading to bring Romans to bear on this situation. For some, it might imply that God is our Divine Dreamweaver and that He is working hard to bring us many good amenities in life, like a brand new car.
It also does not take into account the other person in the wreck, who was at fault. It does not take into account the insurance company, rising premiums, and other collateral issues that would not be perceived as good according to this interpretation of the text. The point of the text has nothing to do with whether your life and circumstances unfold to your liking. I must know this. You must know this too. It is very possible that God and I are not on the same page. It is very important when we think about the good of Romans that we interpret it through a gospel filter.
During my season of despair, I think I knew that my good and His good were two different things. I just wanted my life back. But it does raise a question: what is the good that God is trying to work out in our lives? He wants us to be Christlike. The point of the Bible is transformation. It is not about your best life now or how to learn and maintain seven habits for highly effective people, or any other man-centered approach to life.
The point of the Bible is not my personal success or happiness as defined by our culture. The point is transformation into the image of his Son. If I gain personal property, acclaim, or significant monetary worth in this life, then praise God.
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Not everyone has been granted that opportunity yet. God in His love and wisdom has given you that blessing now. Ephesians Ephesians 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. Our purposeful selection by God now is directly linked to trusting in Christ.
What enabled and empowered Him to do this even as He was nailed to a piece of wood? Simply put, He understood Romans Romans 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. Yes, we were sought out and desired. What kind of fruit? The last undergirding spoken of in Romans Romans Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
This refers to a literal existence that is no longer earthbound, caught in the web of time and space. It is a transformed life that lives by more than a bouncy-sounding scriptural bumper sticker that can be peeled off by the first thing that goes wrong. And the angel departed from her. Robin Webber was born in Chicago, Illinois, in , but has lived most of his life in California. He has been a part of the Church of God community since Do you believe that all things work together for good to those who love God?
All misery is disposed of by simply believing this one scripture! No wonder Paul writes that the gospel is a power unto salvation for everyone who believes. Men and women who are equipped for every good work. Capable servants and leaders in the churches. Used by permission.
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