We Can't Blow God's Plan

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His son, that He might be the firstborn of many brethren.” (Romans 8:28-29 NKJV)

The above scripture verse, at least the first part, is one of the most quoted, popular promises in the entire Bible. Yet, if we move from head knowledge to heart application, this one promise can profoundly alter the course of our lives, our relationships, our challenges, and even the legacy we leave for future generations. Let’s dig deeper.

FIRST… “we know.” Two verses earlier, Paul says, “For ‘we do not know…’, only to follow up, “He who searches the heart KNOWS.”. Paul says with all the craziness of our lives, we often don’t know how to pray. We need the Holy Spirit, Who “knows,” in order to intercede for us. BUT, Paul plows forward into verse 28 with an affirmation; while “we do not know,” in verse 26, there is something that we CAN and DO know in verse 28--a powerful promise you and I can assuredly cling to that has all of heaven’s backing! WE, who are in Him, KNOW!

SECOND, we know “ALL THINGS work together for good.” I looked it up: “All things” in the original Greek translation means “all things. Confusing things? Anxiety-producing things? Circumstance-type things? Relationship things? Financial-struggle things? Illness and disease-type things? Job things? My point is, when God says, “all things”, He means “ALL things.” How powerful! If you and I love Him AND are called according to HIS purpose (both are necessary), God promises to take every single happening in our lives, good and bad, and turn them into good. In other words, God will overrule and work out “all things” in order to accomplish HIS purpose and HIS will in our lives.

FINALLY, what is this “good” that will be brought about by God? Paul answers our question in the first half of verse 29. God has predestined everything to move you and me towards being conformed into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. One day we are going to be like Jesus, in glorious bodies, possessing a sinless nature and radiating pure holiness. And in the end, we will bring full glory and honor to the King of Kings.

God is building a divine family. His predestined purpose is that He would have many adopted sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, all of who are holy and blameless in His sight. As God’s children, you and I are in the process of holy restoration, moving towards perfection. Oh, how the journey can sometimes be hard, my friend, but trust God: the final destination will be so worth it!

(Kimberly Ruoff)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on Only God Can Take the Bad and Make It Good on December 15th, 2018 - Watch Sermon

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