Romans 8:28

“All things work together for good” is the part of the quotation usually given while omitting the words “to those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.” That is one fact to remember—when quoting the verse, include those words. The fact is, unless one has been called by God (through the Holy Spirit who then also “draws” him to God), the promise should not be made in counseling. Moreover, the promise is to those who “love God” as the verse teaches—a fact often not stressed even though quoted.

What is this promise? It is a statement about the providence of God.  He is not a God Who fails to care for His creation, but One Who plans His work, then works His plan. He is personally directing the circumstances involved in whatever a person’s situation may be at any given moment. That is why the promise makes sense, and can be relied upon.

The verse is one that should be used frequently in one’s counseling ministry. Why? Because it is reassuring to those who find themselves in situations that seem to indicate God has forgotten them. This verse indicates that God is in the problem (it is not a random occurrence), that He is up to something in it (there is a definite purpose to it) and that He is up to something good (to be learned, later, perhaps in the distant future or even after death).

Use the verse, stressing that one must be a believer (effectually “called”) who loves God, and that there is something that He has in mind (the difficulty is not without “purpose”). Use it often but explain it as you do so that your counselees will understand the facts about it which are often neglected. When these are neglected, the verse often loses its meaning and fails to bring its comfort—the very things for which it was given and which you quote it.

2 thoughts on “Romans 8:28

  1. This verse I often use when things are not going so well in my life. I often quote to my kids and others to help them understand that as they are called, then there is a purpose in their life, that God is doing a work in and by them, and it all for His good. I often add to that Galatians 6:9,10. 9 “And let us not Be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

    Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and espitles present us a pattern for living in the here and now. It is as if Paul was destined to distill the law into a practical way of living as saints- then and now.