The Wrong Thought About This Verse:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
The verse above has become the traditional verse that Christians use for consolation in the days of problem. They run with it with an expression that showcase an astute assurance and hook their faith on it. The truth is that the verse above has nothing to do with one’s failure or negative situation in life. It is an oxymoron to state that all negative situations or things work for the good of the believer. God forbid!
Proper Interpretation of This Verse:
Now, let’s clarify this verse and understand properly what it says. Firstly, the original Greek text differs from the English text that we read. For instance, the statement “To them that love God is wrong. This is because the original Greek text states “To them that God loves”. This is true because (1) Our call of God doesn’t depend on our love for God but the other way round. (2) Man doesn’t have the wherewithal to love God. Man is very selfish in nature; it is the love of God for us that has saved us. Therefore, in order to help us to love, God has to pour His love in heart Roman 5:5. Note: This same mistake is made in (1 Corinthians 2:9).
How To Grasp The Meaning:
However, to grasp the meaning of what Romans 8:28 is saying. One has to go back to verse 26, and understand that it is because of man’s weakness the Spirit of God intercedes for man. Here, verse 27 confirms the ability of the Spirit in doing that. And this takes place because of God’s Love for man which is expressed in verse 29 and 30. The things found in verse 29 and 30 are the things that work together for them that He called. In verse 31, the writer cuts off to complete the expression he made in verse 1-4, which is a defense built against the law. The writer continues to emphasize on that till he gets to verse 38 and 39. Then he concludes/solidifies his assertions in 28, 29 and 30.
Don’t Make the Mistake:
Make no mistakes; no negative thing can take us away from the Love of God. (Because we are loved of God) and the negative things cannot work for our good. God cannot employ the tools of the enemy to deal with His own people. Remember the thought of God for His people is not for evil (Jeremiah 29:11). As a result, negative things don’t bring glory to God because they don’t come from Him and cannot work for your good.
The Things We Should Know:
- That the thought of God for you is that you be in good health, if you are sick, it is not the thought of God for you and cannot bring glory to God, therefore resist sickness!
- The mind of God is that you be rich and if you are poor it is not from God and such do not bring glory to God, therefore, resist poverty!
- The thought of God is that you are gainfully employed. If you are sacked or rejected for an interview it is not of God and cannot bring any glory to God.
- When your farmland did not yield increase is not of God. Because the thought of God for you is that you should cultivate and reap plenty.
- When the wind comes to destroy your house, it is not from God. Because the thought of God for you is that you should build and inhabit.
- Since these things and many negative things are not from God. Surely they are from the devil and devil cannot work for your good!
Love Of God Outwits Every situation:
As all the negative things are not from God, therefore we should reject and resist them from happening to us. We don’t give thanks for them but we give thanks in them (1Thess 5:18). This is because Romans 8:37 declares that we are more than conquerors through God that loved us. (Here again his love makes us to have the victory not our ability). Also see Jude 1:20. And Psalm 34:19 gives us the assurance of victory no matter what!
Most Problems Are Not From The Believers:
Notice that believers are not the cause of most things that do happen to them. The truth is that things sometimes do happen on their own accord. When things happens the devil takes advantage of most gullible believers and override their authority. The devil creates and induces circumstances that portray things to be factual. The point is that a believer that knows his onus will not be deceived by the antics of the devil. Some of these problems the devil manifests are really like a mirage, they don’t exist.
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This is the main reason believers are advise to resist the devil and if resisted he has no option than to flee. The resistance here is not an act of physical demonstration but a spiritual and mind engagement. The bible says in Proverbs 18:21:
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”.
This means that the resistance is a mouth action not a physical strength action. The believer has to begin to declare the things the Lord has said concerning him and start rejecting that of devil.
There is this certainty that every word the believer says will come to pass because the book of Job says that:
“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” (Job 22:28).
So there is a guarantee of light whenever the believer makes a declaration. Therefore, if something is happening the believer should speak out against it, if not, that thing will continue in its course. The end point is that the believer’s resistance will lead to the destruction of the enemy. But if the believer decides not to resist he has allowed the enemy to prevail.
In conclusion, the only thing that works for our good in any situation is the LOVE of God for us.
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