“And we know that God cause all things to work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28
This is one of the most often quoted verses to help encourage people who are suffering, discouraged, or going through various trials; and rightly so. Unfortunately, most people (including myself until recently) do not know the context of this verse and miss out on much of the thrust and power of this great promise.
I want to show you a really cool thread of thought I recently found that provides the power and comfort in this promise.
Let us look at the verses directly preceding our text, Romans 8:26-27, “…the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
What do these verses teach us?
- The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness
- We don’t know how to pray as we should
- The Holy Spirit makes our prayers good by praying for us and making groanings too deep for words on our behalf
- God the Father knows and searches our heart
- God the Father knows what the mind of the Holy Spirit is because the Holy Spirit is always praying for the saints
Outline point #1 – The Holy Spirit is bathing your life in prayer. He is praying so much that the Father always knows what the mind of the Spirit is regarding you because He is constantly interceding with the Father for you.
Now look again at Romans 8:28, “And we know that God cause all things to work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
What does this verse teach us?
- We can know with certainty this promise, it is an intimate enduring promise
- God is the causal source behind all things (good or bad)
- God is causing every detail to work together for your specific good
- This promise if for believers
- Jesus is the fountainhead of all things working together for your good, if you reject that good you reject all good
- God is even causal or purposeful in calling people
- God is completely sovereign and good
Outline point #2 – God is causing everything to work together for your good, no if’s and’s or but’s.
Now look at verse 34 of Romans 8, “who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who dies, yes, rather He was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”
What does this verse teach us?
- Jesus died for us to free us from all condemnation
- Jesus was raised for us
- Jesus is at the right hand of God interceding for us
Outline point #3 – Jesus died and was raised for you and is sitting at the right hand of God praying for you
I hope that this opening blog has helped frame this great promise in your mind. I pray that this promise appears even better and greater and sweeter to you. I hope that you see the whole Godhead present here (Spirit, Father, and Son). I hope that you are encouraged to see that (1) The Spirit is bathing your life in prayer (2) The Father is orchestrating all things to work together for your good and (3) The Son died for you and was raised for you and He now intercedes for you as well.
The next time a trial or temptation comes, turn here and remind yourself of our great God.
Grace and Peace.