We have an unshakeable promise (Romans 8:28) – Devotional, May 6

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We who love God have a promise that is unbreakable that He will work all things out in our lives, even the suffering and worries in this present time, for our good in eternity.

Romans 8:28 (ESV)

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

There is an old story about a shipwreck where many men died, in fact there was only one survivor. When the sole survivor reached a small, uninhabited island, he prayed for God to rescue him, but help didn’t come. Eventually he built a hut out of driftwood for protection from the elements. One day he returned from scavenging for food and found his hut in flames, the smoke rising into the sky. Angrily he cried, “God, how could You do this to me?” The next morning he was awakened by rescuers. “How did you know I was here?” he asked. “We saw your smoke signal,” they replied. (Source)

What that man thought was a horrific tragedy was actually a blessing in disguise. God never tells us that things will work together when we want. Nor does He promise us that things will work out how we want. But through His Word God promises us that God says that “all things work together for good”

Romans 8:28 (says) …

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Often when you are going through a time of great trouble someone may seek to encourage you by quoting this verse. But if we are honest, sometimes we just don’t want to hear it! Sometimes we may not even believe that “all things work together for good”. Sometimes we enjoy wallowing around in self pity and at times we just want to feel sorry for ourselves.

Then there are times we look at situations and ask, “HOW CAN ANY GOOD COME OUT OF THIS?” You may not see any way that it is possible for good to come out of your situation when the world is going though a pandemic, what good can come.  When maybe people close to us are dying, what good can come?  When we see the end of the pandemic but we have lost our jobs and the world will never be the same again, what good can come?

Often when we face these very trying times we tend to go beyond questioning God and begin to blame Him for our circumstances.  It is important for us to understand that God’s idea of “good” is not the same as what we would call “good”. God is working the events of our life together for our final, eternal, ultimate good. We tend to focus on the here and now, God focuses on the here AND the hereafter!

Some of you are facing extremely difficult situations at this very moment. It has often been said that you are either in a storm, coming out of a storm or headed into a storm. Many of our brethren are questioning God. This virus came and they have started to face doubt and discouragement as a result they have become bitter and even angry with God. Perhaps you are on the verge of reaching that place. I hope that reading these devotionals you will find encouragement through God’s Word.

There are others who are not bitter or angry with God but they just want some answers. You just want to know why? Some would say that there is no answer to this question… they are wrong! There is an answer, in fact there are several answers and they are found in the Word of God.

I believe that Romans 8:28 is one of those passages that answer the question, “why?” But this verse does more than answer the question, this verse gives us a promise.

Consider

1. Paul does not say “we think”, “we hope” or “we pray”. He states as a fact…. “We know!” Paul possessed full assurance that “all things work together for good”. Can we “know” this truth as well? How?
2. Do troubled times strengthen your faith? In those times when you cannot handle things on you own, do you turn to God first?  Are there times when your faith is “built up”?

Respond

As you listen to this song reaffirm the truth in your heart of this promise —