Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. “
Besides Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28 is another verse many love to quote. I wonder sometimes if we fully grasp the verse to then apply it correctly. As we know this is true, I am a believer and some may disagree that it’s not the devil in control of a believer’s life to be chased around, but rather God is in control and we therefore yield to Him. Yes the enemy may start and even frustrate a believer, but he is not in control. God controls the thermostat of all things, and if He lets it happens, it will all work good for His own purpose for His glory. This should be a drive for believers to constantly be in submission to God first then resist the devil and he will flee James 4:7. While I see many Christians trying to cast the devil and chase him away, I see wisdom in James words when he says submit to God, then you don’t cast out the devil but rather resist him.
If we submit our understanding to the truth of God; submit our wills to the will of His precept, the will of His providence, He is ready for our good. If we yield to temptations, the devil will continually follow us; but if we put on the whole armor of God, and stand out against him, he will leave us. Let us then submit to God, and seek His grace and favor; resisting the devil. Faith, humble prayers, and heavenly wisdom are the weapons of resistance. According to Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown, “Submit” is a language taken from warfare. “Submit” as a good soldier puts himself in complete subjection to his captain. “Resist,” is to stand bravely against”. You can only resist because you are submitted. I love what David Wilkerson told a woman who came to him to tell him of how the devil was after her home, his response to her, “who let him in?”
If then a believer in the light of these words know that it’s not the devil in control when he is going through hard times, he will take comfort in these words. vs. 28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”. This verse becomes clear in the light of vs. 26 and vs. 27 which addresses the work of the Holy Spirit in our praying who helps us pray as He searches our hearts. Those who love God and are called according to His purpose, everything will work for good. I notice something here also, it does not say it will work for THEIR good but rather it will work FOR good, whose good is the question. In my judgment this verse addresses more than things working for our good in the long run, but rather it works for good in us if it accomplishes His purpose regardless of the outcome in us. All works to make God’s name great and advance His kingdom, and there in lies our joy something God is after.
“Now that all things do work together for good, the saints “know,” and are firmly persuaded of; both from the word and promises of God, and from the instances of Jacob, Joseph, Job, Stephen, John the Baptist, and others, and also from their own experience. Whether in things temporal or spiritual, work “together,” and make an intricate woven work in providence and grace; which will be viewed with admiration another day: one copy reads, “God works together,” or “causes all things to work together for good”; and so the Ethiopic version, “we know that God helps them that love him, to every good thing”: and to this agrees the Syriac version, “we know that to them that love God, he in everything helps them to good”; and certain it is, that God is the efficient cause, that makes all things work together for his people’s good. The persons to whom all things work together for good, are described as such”, John Gill. A believer’s submitted life is in God’s sovereign control at all times regardless of whether things are going right or wrong, and all will work for good to accomplish His purpose. Whether we understand it or not is not the big issue, the issue is, in whose hands are we in. Blessings Ev