Romans 8:28

This is by far the most surreal Easter season that I (and many others) have ever experienced. It even surpasses the one I spent in Afghanistan. But it also reminds me of a verse that is not often associated with Easter, but which I think is a perfect meditation both for Easter in general and this unique Holy Week in particular. Romans 8:28 tells us:

 

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.(NIV)

 

I would like to share a few of my thoughts on this very well-known verse:

 

  1. It DOESN’T say that all things ARE good. It says that God works good in, and despite, all circumstances. He can take the tatters of a disaster and create an opportunity. A lost job, a broken relationship, a disease, a death. These aren’t good things by any reckoning. But God can and does still raise goodness from any situation.

 

  1. The first caveat is that this is a promise to believers. Those who love and depend on God. This isn’t a promise to the world. It is a promise to God’s children who maintain a right relationship with Him.

 

  1. This is also a promise for “those who are called according to His purpose.” We all have a purpose from God. We are called, but are we responding? I believe this second caveat implies that not only must we be called (we all are), but we must respond to that call.

 

When Jesus went to the cross, there was no good in the torture and pain He experienced. But yet God worked immeasurable Good from the obedient sacrifice of His only Son. Jesus loved His Father, and Jesus was called and responded to God’s purpose to sacrifice Himself for us that we might have eternal life. God was in the business of bringing amazing good out of incredible bad then. And He is still in that business today. Fear not! God will show us an amazing victory if we love Him and respond to His call.

 

In Him,

Hal