Romans 8:28 has been on my heart lately, and I wanted to share with y'all.
"For we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose."
That verse goes on our greeting cards and wall calendars. It is often one of those verses that we are given when rough times roll in. I'm not sure if it's the best verse to put into that context, because it can confuse and disappoint if you do not correctly understand the verse.
If you are reading the isolated verse, it looks like a promise for a good outcome in life. It is not a promise of comfort, health, and prosperity in our lives. As Christians, we are called to take the road less traveled. We are called to live out Matthew 16:24 in our daily lives, which isn't always "comfortable".
"Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me."
The "good" described in Roman's 8:28 is not our earthly comfort and success!!!!!!!!!!!! (that's a lot of exclamation points!!!!!!!!) It is the furthering of His kingdom! We have the promise that everything will be okay in the end, in the very next verse, Romans 8:29 & 30:
"For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified."
You see, none of the crap that gets thrown at us in this life can change that. We will, most definitely, be in paradise for eternity, and this life will probably suck at times. The bad that happens to us is used, somehow someway, for the cause of His kingdom.
Where is the good in stories of martyrs and missionaries, such as Jim Elliot, losing their lives for Christ? We see that so much good that has come out of it, but it was certainly not good for them. I think that's the message Paul was writing in Romans 8. As I mentioned earlier, it gets confusing when we simply isolate verses and take them out of context!
We are secure in our Savior's love, and that is all that matters.
That message is saturated all throughout Romans 8. Just read the entire chapter, and you will understand why Romans 8 is one of my favorite chapters. At camp last summer, we memorized it and wow, what an amazing chapter to know!!!
Hope you all had a fabulous Easter and are having a fabulous week so far!