“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” [Romans 8: 28, 29].
God is sovereign over everything you go through in life. No matter what circumstances you’re in, “all things” that are not seemingly good “work together for good.” One thing is clear! Romans 8: 28 says, “we know” it is “for those who love God.” It says: “We KNOW.” In other words, God has made it known to us. It is not obscure, that “for those who love God all things work together for good.” All things work together for good –for those who are passionately in love with Jesus. It is “for those who love God.” He calls us into a fierce love-relationship with Him & others: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10: 27).
We are called to our -first love. This is fist & foremost in “all things,” whether life is full of hardship or filled with sufferings. Times of severe hardships & trials often awaken us, once more, to the truth & beauty of Jesus Christ. Amidst all our activities, just when we thought we had run the race well, we hear Him say to us again: “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first” (Revelation 2:4). “Can the rush grow up without mire?”—(Job 8:11). “A godly man often grows best when his worldly circumstances decay”- (Charles Spurgeon). His grace is sufficient for all times, in “all things.” It says, “we know that for those who love God– ALL THINGS work together for good” (not bad). All things work together for good, “for those who are CALLED according to His purpose [and not our purpose].”
All things may not look good on the surface; but all of those things that do not look good– powerfully “work together for good.” He uses all things, whether good or bad, for GOOD because He called you for his purposes. The sovereign purposes of God will be thwarted.
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (verse 29). God’s plan for you, from the very beginning, in all circumstances of your life, is that you “be conformed to the image of His son.” In “all things (especially the ones that don’t look good),” God’s will for you is that you “be conformed to the image of His son.”
The ultimate good He brings about “in all things” is His glory. He does this by conforming you “to the image of his Son.” The more you look like Jesus, in “all things,” the more glory you will bring Him.