Romans 8:28

by adustyframe ~ September 20th, 2006

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.

This is a verse people repeat to me often.

Sometimes it’s maddening!

Sometimes I feel like sticking my fingers in my ears and saying “la la la la la”

It’s not that I don’t cling to this promise. It’s just that people repeat it when they don’t really know what to say and it’s not overly comforting at times.

So, why am I writing about it?

Well, it’s true! This is a promise I can and do cling to. God has a plan for us and He will work it out for HIS good and glory–not the good that I plan.

It’s not GOOD that my husband is in prison, it is not GOOD that we are broke, it’s not GOOD that our family is not whole right now.

But what is good, is that we have a loving Heavenly Father that loves us. He is working through this trial and His purposes will be accomplished.

For our good and for His glory this will work out.

Already the good is that my husband’s heart is tender to the things of God. I have grown close to the Lord depending upon Him for our every need. God has carried us through this time in His loving arms.

I think that people like to quote Romans 8:28 to people with the implication that “everything will be ok” As if remembering this verse will manipulate God to do what we want. That’s not how He works.

We may never see the good from this. We may never know until we reach heaven what God’s purpose and  good for this trial truly was.

But I can lean on the Saviour that holds us in His Almighty arms and I can rest on the assurance that He will work this out for His good.


3 Thoughts Shared to Romans 8:28

  1. Amy

    I hear where you are coming from here. As annoying as it is when people quote it I think that deep down in our hearts we know it’s true. I sympathise with your situation, I have a friend who is a single mom of 4 kids who’s husband left her for another woman – she has it tough too but I’ve learned over the years that no matter how hard life is it teaches us perseverance and hope. God will never let us down no matter what and I”ve looked back on times in my life and I’ve realised that ‘He’s never left me.

  2. Susanna

    At our church annivesary service this year, the visiting preacher spoke about this verse. He made a point which I had never really thought about before.

    Our good = becoming more like Christ, the one in whose image we are made. So if a situation causes us to be more mindful of God, more reliant on Him, to search the scriptures more etc, then that is our good. So often we think of ‘good’as in material terms. I was surprised to find myself caught out in this wrong interpretatin of those words. Material thinking gets in so easily..
    P.S- would you mind mailing me you name? I find it kind of funny praying for the dusty frame 🙂

  3. PrayerSister

    This verse reminds me that what is true is more important that what I feel — thank you for discussing the hard verses

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