I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:
TO WORK THINGS TOGETHER FOR GOOD (part 2)
Romans 8: 28 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
God uses all the circumstances of life for our good. We May not see the good right now, but we can still take comfort and rejoice in the completeness of God’s promise.
III. THE CONDITION OF HIS PROMISE
This promise is not for everyone. Only to those who love God. If all things work together for good to the lover of God, the opposite must be true for those who do not love him! Preaching blesses the obedient and bruises the disobedient. If you went to a physician whom you didn’t trust, you wouldn’t follow his prescription and treatment and as a result, you wouldn’t experience the blessing of healing. If you do not love God, and trust His wisdom, you will rebel against Him and refuse to submit to Him for your life.
IV. THE CONSEQUENCES OF GOD’S PROMISE
This is not a verse designed for your happiness! It is not to be taken lightly. The verses that immediately follow it – 29-30. God’s purpose in turning everything to good is not to bless you, make you happy, or make you wealthy. God is doing all that He does to make you more like Jesus! God didn’t finish with you at salvation. He will continue to shape you until you reflect His image perfectly. The whole purpose of Romans 8:28 is to teach us that God has an eternal plan and that nothing will ever be able to change that plan! God is busy reproducing Himself in each of us.
The truth of these great promises is this: One day when all our plans, hopes and dreams are
gone, we will be like Him! Imagine God to be like a great diamond cutter. One day, as a result of everything you have endured and enjoyed in this life, He will have chipped and chiseled you into His own image. That, and that alone, makes every situation of life worthwhile. As God works out His chemistry in our lives, we can be assured that we will be the ones who will ultimately benefit. Bring all of you circumstances before him this morning and trust His wisdom in your life.