Our sovereign God is all- knowing, and all-powerful. Those who love God can trust His goodness, his power and His will to work out all things for their good. The promise that God works all things together for good does not mean that all things, taken by themselves are good. Some things and events are decidedly bad. But God is able to work them together for good. He sees the big picture, He is the master planner.
Believing in Romans 8:28 will lead to the fact that you do not give in to the temptation to get angry; feel insulted; lose your self-control; became jealous or envious; lose courage; complain about anything; become dissatisfied; become restless when something is going wrong; feel its hard to bear when you have to suffer reproach; feel that you are ever unfortunate; desire better earthly things; feel that you have been disappointed and deceived; All misery is disposed of by simply believing this one scripture.
In this message, Rev. Fr. Mbaka maintains that the journey of life may not be a bird of rose as we desire, but God who is all-knowing and all-powerful is able to work out a perfect answer for us even in the midst of our life’s challenges. He enjoins the people of God to always have confidence that no matter their circumstances, God is active and His plans for them will work out as He see fit.
Almighty God, we thank and magnify your Holy Name this day for your mercy and goodness upon the lives of your people. We thank you for your grace upon our lives. I stand in your word O lord and declare as in Romans 8:28 that, because these ones here love you, and are called according to your purpose, starting from today, all things shall begin to work together for their good in Jesus name, Amen. Father, manifest your power in their entire situation, and let your name be glorified in Jesus Name, Amen. And as for you child of God, because you are a lover of God, let everything you are passing through in life work for your good in Jesus Name, Amen.
Romans 8:28 says, ‘’and we know that all things works together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose’’. The scripture here says, ‘’all things, not certain things’’ worketh together for your good. Good and bad, pleasant and unpleasant, works together for the best, for those who love God which means, every circumstance that you meet in life, without exception is for your good, and for the glory of God. Even if there is darkness in your life, that darkness will work together for your good. Everything will begin to be profitable for you in Jesus Name, Amen.
This is not a time of acting upon the word, rather is it a time of allowing the word of God to act upon your situation. If you believe in this scripture, then the scripture in 1 Thess. 5:18 is also fulfilled. It says, “in everything give thanks to God’’. Did it say, in everything that is good, give thanks? That is not what is written. It says; in everything give thanks both bad and good. That is how thankful you will be, if you believe in Romans 8; 28, no matter what you are passing through. It’s also written,’’ rejoice in the lord always. Again, I will say rejoice’’ (Phil. 4:4). This is not possible without believing in Romans 8:28.
Do you really believe that all things work together for good to those who love God? If you affirm what you believe, then you have to keep his commandment, and no possible circumstances, good or bad would hinder the life of Christ from being manifested in your life. 2 Cor. 4:8-10 says, “we are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed. We are hunted down, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
Believing in Romans 8:28 will lead to the fact that you do not give in to the temptation to get angry; feel insulted; lose your self-control; became jealous or envious; lose courage; complain about anything; become dissatisfied; become restless when something is going wrong; feel its hard to bear when you have to suffer reproach; feel that you are ever unfortunate; desire better earthly things; feel that you have been disappointed and deceived; All misery is disposed of by simply believing this one scripture. No wonder Paul writes that the gospel is a power unto salvation for everyone who believes.
Again, believing in Romans 8:28 will lead to profound peace, joy in the midst of trials, a rock-solid overcoming life, faith and total trust in God no matter what comes your way in life.
What does it mean by all things work together for good?
Our sovereign God is all- knowing, and all-powerful. Those who love God can trust His goodness, his power and His will to work out all things for their good. The promise that God works all things together for good does not mean that all things, taken by themselves are good. Some things and events are decidedly bad. But God is able to work them together for good. He sees the big picture, He is the master planner. This scripture also does not mean that you will acquire all that you want or desire in life. But is about God’s goodness and our confidence that His plans will work out as He sees fit. Since His plan is always good, as a Christian, you can take confidence that no matter your circumstances or environment, God is active and will conclude things according to His good and wise design. With this knowledge you can learn to be contended, and be calm in the midst of your challenges.
The fact that God works all things together for good also means that God’s plan for your life can not be thwarted, no matter what. In fact, you are part of His plan, having been called according to His purpose. When you trust God and His ways, you can be sure that He is active and powerful on our behalf. God knows your future and His desire for you will be accomplished. ‘’Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish’’, (Isa. 46:10). Even when things seem chaotic and out of control, God is still in charge. Sometimes you worry about what is happening around you because you do not know what is best for you. But God does.
The principle of God working all things together for good is well illustrated in the Old Testament account of Joseph’s life. Early in Joseph’s life, His jealous brothers sold him into slavery. In Egypt, Joseph rose to a position of responsibility, and then he was unjustly imprisoned and forgotten about by his friends. God gave him the gift of ability to interpret dreams, and through that ability, Joseph was once again raised to a place of honor and power. When famine forces Joseph’s brothers to seek for food elsewhere, they travel to Egypt and encounter Joseph, who eventually save them from starvation and grant them a livelihood in his new land. Joseph trusted God no matter his good and bad times; slavery, false accusation, wrongful imprisonment, rejection and famine. But in the end, God brought things to a wonderful, life-affirming conclusion. God blessed Joseph’s entire family through those painful circumstances and through His faith in God (Gen 37).
Look at the case of Jesus, the enemy thought that the death of Jesus is the end of it all. He did not know that His death will do something greater than when He was alive. It was after His death that in Phil 2; 10-11, God has given Him a name that is above every other names, so that by mentioning His name, every kneel shall bow and that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is the lord.
Paul’s life is another testimony to how God works all things together for good. Paul suffered ship wreck, beating, imprisonment, temporal blindness and a lot more, all within God’s plans to spread the gospel(Act 9:16 and 2 Cor 11;24-27). Through it all, God was steadfastly working to bring about good and glorious result.
After promising that God works all things together for our good, Romans 8 ;31-39 urges Christians to have a strong love for God so that nothing whatsoever will be able to separate them from the love of Christ. ‘’Shall trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger or sword? No; in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, neither height nor depth neither powers nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our lord. (Rm.8; 25-39).
God’s love is ever lasting and his wisdom is infinite. It does not matter who or what attempts to thwarts God’s plan, no one and nothing can. God will work all things together for the good of those who love Him. Your decision to align your will with God’s and to always trust Him will be rewarded in Jesus name, Amen.
Moreover, James 1 vs 2-3 says, “Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of our faith develops perseverance”. He works all things together for good, and He has given us the glorious wonderful promise that He will do so. We know that we have victory over sins and over Satan, Romans 8; 28 also teaches you that you should also have victory over your circumstances.
We learn through affliction. Think of all the terrible things that happened to Joseph. In all that he went through, he never complained. He was hated by his brothers, thrown into a pit and eventually sold into slavery. He was later lied against and accused of rape which landed him into prison. At the end of the day, you saw how his ugly situation worked together for his good, and the good of so many people. If he was not false fully accused, he would not have gone to prison and would not have met the person who connected him to Pharaoh that led to his release. But Joseph, as he looked back, said something that is much like Romans 8:28. Talking to his brothers, he said, ‘’as for you , you thought evil against me , but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass ,as it is this day, to save much people alive’’. This is to tell you that for them that love God, everything works together for good.
God is a master planner. He said in Jeremiah 29:11, ‘’for I know the plans I have for you, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope’’. God has plans for you in your situation. He is a situation analyst. There is no problem that He does not have an already made solution.
Therefore my people, in all these your ugly situation, you ought to give God glory because it’s all for good. It will be an instrument by which you shall give praise and adoration to God in Jesus Name, Amen. From today, learn to complain no more, but in every situation, give constant praise to God. Even if it’s been sent by devil, and he sees that you are continuously praising God in that situation, he will regret why he inflicted you with such pains. This is because the devil does not want you to praise God. So learn to praise God even in the midst of your situation.
The condition attached to this promise
Note that this promise of God as stated in Romans 8:28 has a condition. It is limited to those who love God and those who are called according to His purpose. This implies that if you do not love God, you cannot claim this promise. You must be a lover of God. That means the promise is for Christians who have place their trust in God. No matter your feelings on a given day, loving God is part of what it means to live in Christ. That is who you are, each of you are called to fulfill God’s purposes. In other words, this verse cannot rightly be applied to non Christians. Those who reject God do not express their love for Him by coming to Him through faith in Jesus. For those who die without Christ, things will not have worked out for the better, because they have rejected the opportunity to take advantage of this promise.
What is the good that all things are working together for?
It is simply to make us like Jesus; to be conformed to the image of His son. There is no higher good than to be like the lord Jesus Christ. The good is not to make you necessarily successful while on earth even though that is not bad after all, but to make you more importantly holy, to make you like Jesus. If the good of your live is not to be like Jesus, that good is too small. One of your primary goals in life must be to conformed to image of God’s son. You may go through many challenges, toils and snares in life but one day you will be like the lord Jesus Christ if you do not give up. So, whatever the circumstances that comes to us, you can rely on this promise of God.
What is the promise? That, for those who are saved, all things will indeed work together for good. All things should be taken to mean each and ever circumstances one might experience, even pain or suffering. The word ‘good’ does not necessarily mean happy or painless or financial success or our idea of the best possible outcome on any given day. God’s ultimate good for us is to glorify us in eternity. Beyond that, God works in and through us towards an ultimate goal that serves His purpose for the universe. It is all meaningful for those in Christ, even if that does not diminish our pain in the moment.
Do not despise the days of your little beginning (Zech. 4:10). Whatever misfortune you think you have, Stop complaining and grumbling and learn to smile over your situation because God might be using your situation to prepare you for a higher ground. Love God, obey Him, and follow Him so that He will perfect that which concerns you. Everybody has a story to tell; otherwise you will not appreciate the miracles when it happens. If there is no test, there will not be testimony. All your circumstances are stepping stones to greatness, healing, success, breakthrough, signs and wonders and miracles. In the eyes of men, it is already too late, the situation can no longer be resolve, but God can revive any ugly situation and turn it for good. Isa. 3:18 is telling you to forget the things of the past, for God is doing something new for you, He is opening a river in the desert for you; river of breakthrough, success, healing, deliverance, etc In numbers 23:19, God is not man that he can tell lies. Mark 13:31 says, heaven and earth may pass away, but not a dot shall pass away from the word of God. Ps 119:89, for ever o lord, your word is settled in heaven. So if God says every thing is working for your good, He meant it.
Job 22:28 said, ‘’decree a word and it shall come to pass’’. I stand in this scripture and decree that even if your ugly experiences have not been working together for your good, because of your knowledge of this scripture and because you love God, things will start working for your good. As for you lovers of God, blessings of good thing shall begin to follow you as in Ps.21:3 Goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life and you shall dwell in the house of the lord for ever and ever, Amen (Ps.23:6). That condition that has made people to laugh at you, God is going to manifest His power over them, be it barrenness, unemployment, poverty, hardship failure and sickness etc. God will bless you a beggar to the extent that you will begin to be a lender, and no more a borrower as in Deuteronomy 15:6. As in Isa. 61:3, God will turn your ashes into beauty. ‘’the stone that the builder has rejected will later turn to be the corner stone (Ps.118:2). Ecc 3:11 says, God will beautify all things in His own time.
May the hand of God be upon your life. May He will recycle your ugly condition so that what was thought was a waste will turn to be a wealth. May God answer you before you even called (Isa 65:25). May He do for you more than you can ever think, more than you can imagine, and pray for (Eph. 3:20), in Jesus Name, Amen.