How can “all things work together for good” for God’s people?

Oct 01, 2018

This text in Romans 8:28 does not teach that God causes evil so that he may make something good of it.  Rather, it teaches that God always has reasons when he chooses not to intervene so as to prevent a thing, and he of course has reasons for all interventions that he makes. His reasons are never contradictory to his eternal and abiding love for his children.  His reasons are always righteous and wise, and are always in the interest of our good.  So Christian believers may endure tragedies which of themselves are not good, but we should not conclude from these tragedies that God has forsaken us or that his love for us is untrue.  God has reasons for not preventing such events, and though the events themselves are not in the interest of our good, God's reasons for suffering them surely are, and we can always take comfort in the fact that he brings something for our good and his glory out of our deepest trials. The scriptures declare that God in his own eternal counsels has purposed to bless his children and bring glory to his name.  In fulfilling this purpose, God is certainly not limited to using the afflictions that we suffer in this life; however, he is not kept from using them, either. Although immediate or material good may not be seen from a certain trial, Paul reminds us that spiritual gain is the highest good and is often brought about through tribulations: "We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us" (Romans 5:3-5). Recommended resources: Six Things to Remember in the Time of Crisis, Why God's People Suffer (Part 1 and Part 2)

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