I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:
TO WORK THINGS TOGETHER FOR GOOD
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.
Often to get a prescription filled, the druggist will take several bottles off the shelf, mix them together and make a medicine. Some of the chemicals he uses may be dangerous and even fatal, but when they are mixed together in the proper amounts, they can heal your body. Have you ever considered that this is how God works also? He takes all our problems, and our situations, which look so terrible, and He mixes them all together in the crucible of His love and produces something that is very wonderful – medicine for the soul.
These verses give us many of the ingredients that God mixes together:
I. THE CERTAINTY OF GOD’S PROMISE
“We know” – All things will work for good, no questions, no qualifications. This is an ironclad promise from Almighty God Himself – Rom. 4:21. His reputation rides on His Word! All things will work for Good!
* F.B. Meyer, “If any promise of God should fail, the heavens would cloth themselves in sackcloth; the sun, the moon and the stars would reel from their courses; the universe would rock, and a hollow wind would moan through a ruined creation the awful fact that God can lie.”
II. THE COMPLETENESS OF GOD’S PROMISE
“All things”. Not “most”, not “some”, but “ALL”. In fact, everything in the life of the child of God is working for your good! Even the things you don’t understand, or even like! Notice some areas where God is working out our good and His glory:
1. Sweet Things Work For Our Good – It is easy to see how the sweet things in life work for us. (Home, family, health, wealth, salvation, etc.) These things are the stuff of life that make it good and make us feel good about things. In fact, these blessings from the Lord ought to cause us to want to be better Christians.
2. Sorrowful Things Work For Our Good – There are several examples in the Word of God where extremely sorrowful things happened to people and it all worked for their good in the end. “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes,” Psalm 119:71. Often the sickbed, the valley of suffering, or the time of sorrow can out teach the sermon! When God allows a time of sorrow, suffering or pain in our lives, it is always for our good and for His glory. He never said we had to like it, but we should strive to be thankful! Remember, it is the eye that is washed with tears that sees the best!
3. Satanic Things Work For Our Good – II Corinthians 12: 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto
me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly
therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in
distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (To be Continued)