3M: According to His Purpose

I am sure many of you have read Romans 8:28, which says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”  Sunday morning I visited a church in Dnepropetrovsk and the assistant pastor preached from Romans 8:28-30.

Now, to be totally honest, it was one of those times where I did not make much sense of the sermon and it was extremely difficult for me to follow him.  (Being tired may have had something to do with it…)

Let’s take a look at the wording:  “And we know” indicates that Paul is speaking from previous experience.  God is already working in our lives.  Christians will suffer pain and disappointment.  But even at the worst times, God was and is working for our benefit.

“That for those who love God all things” means that by God’s great design God promises to look after people who love him and that means all things.  Those “things” can be through pain or persecution, rich or poor, or any other situation or crisis that may come.

“Work together for good… according to his purpose” indicates that all those situations that may interrupt our lives will work out for spiritual and eternal good.  Does it mean that I may understand it at the time?  No.  I have gone through painful situations that to this day, I don’t understand.  I don’t have to understand.  I trust that the Lord has/is/will use them to make me a stronger person.

Each of us will experience many pleasant and difficult situations in our lives.  When the difficult times comes (and they will come), we must be willing to walk through those situations, knowing that they are “according to his purpose.”