“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

In my last blog I set out to frame this great promise in its context to help reveal its great power and comfort. Today I want to address the huge topic of God bringing good out of bad.

This is a great promise because it necessarily implies that God is causing the bad things in your life to work out for your good. Think about it this way, if the promise was only that God is causing all the good things in your life to work out for your good there would be no promise, no power, and no comfort. Anyone can seemingly make good things work out for good.  Instead, we know that God causes all things to work together for our good.

This promise could not be more counter-intuitive. To illustrate this point the most common objection of the atheist is “Well if there is a God then why is there so much evil?” But anyone with a Bible can clearly see that God is in control of all things whether evil or good. In fact, I would argue that you could say the entire theme of the Bible (from Genesis 2 on) is God bringing good out of bad. Let me show you some classic texts.

{Below are a small sample of texts showing God bringing or working bad things out for good. The Red highlights the “bad” and the blue highlights the “good” that is brought about in light of the bad, because of the bad.}

 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”   (Genesis 50:20 ESV)

 “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5 ESV)

 “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6 ESV)

“’Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  ‘Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.'” (Matthew 5:10-12 ESV)

 “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,” (1 Peter 3:14 ESV)

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”   (James 1:2-4 ESV)

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV)

There are many more such texts but I think the point has been made. Not only does God promise to work things out for our good He is able to do so and He does it easily.

I am going to leave you with one question to help illustrate and drive this point home. But first you must answer this, What was the greatest act of evil ever committed? Can you think of it? Undoubtedly it is the scourging, spitting, slapping, dragging, blasphemous, cruel murder of Jesus the perfect God-man.

Here is the question I want to pose to you and leave you with, “Did any good come out of that great evil? Was God able to work that most venomous and personal attack on His own personhood, the murder of of His own Son, for good?”

The answer to that is astounding and greatly comforting. If God was able to work that out for good, and He was, then surely He is able to work all things in your life together for your good. I encourage you to meditate on that. I encourage you to take this promise with you moment by moment, event by event. May this truth greatly encourage you and cause you to love our great God and Savior all the more.

Grace and Peace.

 

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