I posted a question on Facebook and Twitter this morning. “What are the two most important words in Romans 8:28?” Here’s the verse in case you don’t have it on the tip of your tongue.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (ESV)
Now I haven’t consulted any scholars or commentary writers. This is Dave Baldwin’s take on this verse. So, you may have two different words you think are the most important in this verse. But why do I think it’s these two? There are a lot of “bad” things that happen to us in the course of life. We need to keep our whits about us and remember what is real and true in this life and the one to come. Do I just hope that this whole Christ and Christian thing is true. Is this just a tradition we were born into or have joined. Or is this a body of truth that is reliable and true? If so, then we know, we know to our deepest fibers that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose. It’s not something he speculate about, but it is a surety we can depend upon and build our lives on.
So we know, we really know that everything we experience will work out for God’s good in our lives. If we don’t, we are tossed about like a double minded man as James writes. So, I know, I know that God works all things together for my good. I love him and am called according to his purpose.
That’s this leader’s view this morning!