Sunday, January 24, 2021

Five Things That Romans 8:28 Does Not Say

Paul Harvey had a radio show called “The Rest of the Story.” He would talk about someone who overcame obstacles, but he kept the person’s identity a secret until the end when would reveal it and say, “And now you know…the REST of the story.”
 
Romans 8:28 is the Christian’s Rest of the Story: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). It’s important to understand 5 things this verse does not say, which helps us understand what it does say.
 
1. It doesn’t say “We hope” but “We know.” Paul did not say that we hope everything will turn out for good.  Even though Paul didn’t know what his readers were going through, he makes a universal promise to every believer until Jesus returns that we can know God will work everything together for our good.
 
2. It doesn’t say God causes all things to happen, but He causes all things to work together. Some people wrongly believe God causes everything to happen, even evil and tragedy.  While God does not cause all things to happen, He is in control of all things. James 1:13 tells us God does not tempt anyone, but 1 Corinthians 10:13 says God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to handle, but will provide the way of escape. This shows God does not cause temptation but He is in control of the circumstances around it. 
 
3. It doesn’t say all things are good, but that He works all things together for good. If Satan can turn good into evil, why can’t God turn evil into good? People did evil things to Joseph, but God turned those injustices around to promote him as a ruler in Egypt (Gen. 37-41). He can do the same thing for our situations.
 
4. It doesn’t say God does this for everyone, but for those who love Him. God causes all things to work together for good to “those who love God.” This is a promise to His followers, but isn’t a guarantee to everybody.
 
5. It doesn’t say for our happiness, but for His purpose. God may not have the first word in everything that happens but He does have the last word. When bad things happen, God says, “I have the last word and my purposes will be accomplished.” And now you know the REST of the story!
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