Romans 8:28 says, “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.”
I am pondering this verse tonight and the last part is leaping out and screaming at me. “Called according to his purpose.” This verse promises that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. Then, there is the comma…”Who have been called according to his purpose.”
What does that mean? What is his purpose in the situations where we need him to work all things out for our good? Where is his purpose in certain situations that seem negative, unpleasant, or that we don’t like?
I can rest in God’s promise that if I have been called according to HIS PURPOSE, then my God is going to work EVERYTHING out for my good. It’s sometimes the purposes in my life that are not God’s, but MY purposes, that I still expect him to work out for my good that confuses me.
This verse doesn’t promise that MY selfish, small, spoiled purposes and agendas will always work out for my good, but HIS purposes will work out for my good.
That’s a point to ponder as we are so graciously blessed to live in America, where we have a tendency to expect our Christianity to be served ,“our way right away”, just like we expect in so many other areas of our comfortable lives.
I must go back to his Word! I am the follower. He is the Savior! He is God and he leads my life if I will let him! To accept Christ is to yield to him and his purposes for me. I know that I can trust him. He has always shown me that his way is better, even if I don’t understand everything. He loves me so much and he loves you too!
What does this verse mean to you?