The other day I was wondering which Bible verses people most frequently search for online.
According to Bible Gateway, here are the top five: Predictably, No. 1 is John 3:16. The second most popular is one of my favorites, and that is Jeremiah 29:11. The next is Philippians 4:13, followed by Psalm 23:4. The fifth is Romans 8:28, which is a beloved and often-quoted verse: “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
But do we understand what it actually means?
When the Bible says “all things work together,” it isn’t referring to the general public. This statement isn’t true for every person out there. Variations of this statement include “All’s well that ends well” and “It’s all good!”
Let me just say that no, it’s not “all good.” Sometimes it’s really bad, actually. There are times when things don’t make sense. Things happen to us that are inexplicable.
When the apostle Paul penned the words of Romans 8:28, he was addressing those who put their faith in Jesus Christ. This is a very specific promise to very specific people: those who love God.
If you love God, and by that I mean, if you have put your faith in Jesus Christ and trusted Him as your Savior and Lord, then you can lay hold of this promise for yourself, no matter what you’re going through right now.
Notice how this verse begins: “We know” (emphasis added). It doesn’t say “we think” or “we hope” or “we suppose” or “we wish.”
It says, “We know.”
But how do we know?
We can find the answer in Romans 8:32, where Paul said, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
Whenever I’m tempted to doubt the love of God and wonder whether things really are working together for my good, I need to take a long look at the cross and remember that Jesus demonstrated His love for me by dying there in my place. It wasn’t the nails that held Christ on the cross; it was His love for you and me.
As a Christian, you can know that whatever is going on in your life, all things work together for good to those who love God. That’s because God has shown His love toward us by sending Jesus.
Now, all things are not good. But because God is good, all things work together for good to those who love Him.
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SOURCE: Charisma News