And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him,
who have been called according to His purpose. — Romans 8:28
This verse is a favorite to many, and is one of the more frequently memorized and quoted verses of the Bible. It is a precious promise from God to His people, a promise filled with hope for any and every situation.
EASIER SAID THAN DONE
However, the promise is much easier to believe, quote, and stand on for someone else rather than for our own well being. The only time this verse comes to our attention is when something we perceive as negative arises. We tend to forget about this verse when everything is going well, because good circumstances seem to obviously be working for our good. We move to this verse of scripture when something goes wrong—we hold on to it when times are tough or when we are struggling.
As such, we are prone to encourage others with the promise that God will use the “worst of times” in a positive way in their lives; but, when we are in such a circumstance, we just want God to change the situation. We are not prone to say, “This trial is okay because it will turn out to be good in my life.” Romans 8:28 is a great verse but is one we would prefer to use to encourage others rather than ourselves.
Suppose we really bought in to Romans 8:28. Suppose we really did believe that whatever the circumstance, our all-wise, all-loving, all-powerful God would use it for good in our lives. Even bad things would be redeemed and blessed and have a positive impact on us. Maybe Romans 8:28 would really change our attitude toward difficulties and help us move through dark places instead of avoiding them. Maybe instead of shrinking back from danger, ridicule, or persecution that come from truly walking with Jesus, we would embrace the unknown. Maybe we wouldn’t be inhibited by fear, but would have peace in times of trouble. Maybe we would grow strong in our faith through perseverance and intimacy with God. Maybe even the worst of times wouldn't seem far away from the best of times, because we would be trusting in our unfailing God all of the time.
by Jimmy Aycock