Romans 8:28 is a tremendous source of comfort for the struggling Christian. Are all things good? Nope. Does God use everything in our lives to conform us more into the holy image of Christ? Definitely.
This morning’s Morning and Evening reminds us that God is always in control of all things. He is not surprised, reactionary, or fallible. Those who love Him have a shelter of strength. As Charles Spurgeon says in today’s devotional,
…and so, believing that God rules all, that He governs wisely, that He brings good out of evil, the believer’s heart is assured…
Is your heart a splintered shipwreck of sinful consequences? Does the shame of failure weaken your bones? Are the hurricanes of life cutting into your walls? God has not forgotten you. He wastes nothing. Love Him and remember His goodness. The sufferings of this life are momentary afflictions that wane in comparison to our eternal hope. Someday soon, we shall be like Christ when we see Him face-to-face.
For more short commentary on today’s verse, see this post.
Here is Alistair Begg’s modern phrasing of the Spurgeon classic.
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And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,
for those who are called according to His purpose. — Romans 8:28
Upon some points a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that God sits in the center of the vessel when it rocks most. He believes that an invisible hand is always on the world’s tiller, and that wherever providence may drift, God is steering it. That reassuring knowledge prepares him for everything. He looks over the raging waters and sees the spirit of Jesus walking on the water, and he hears a voice saying, “It is I—do not be afraid.” He knows too that God is always wise, and knowing this, he is confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes and that nothing can occur that ought not to happen. He can say, “If I should lose everything, it is better that I should lose it than keep it if it is God’s will: The worst disaster is the wisest and the kindest thing that I could face if God ordains it.”
“We know that for those who love God all things work together for good.” The Christian does not merely hold this as a theory, but he knows it as a matter of fact. So far everything has worked for good; the poisonous drugs mixed in proper proportions have effected the cure; the sharp cuts of the scalpel have cleaned out the disease and facilitated the healing. Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results; and so, believing that God rules all, that He governs wisely, that He brings good out of evil, the believer’s heart is assured, and he is learning to meet each trial calmly when it comes. In the spirit of true resignation the believer can pray, “Send me what You will, my God, as long as it comes from You; there never was a poor portion that came from Your table to any of Your children.”
Do not say, my soul, “Where will God find one to relieve my care?”
Remember that Omnipotence has servants everywhere.
His method is sublime and His heart profoundly kind,
God is never too early and never behind!