#DailyDevotion God Does Not Work All Things For Good For Everyone
Rom. 828We know that God works all things out for good for those who love God, who are called according to His plan. 29Those whom He chose from the first He also appointed long ago to be thoroughly like His Son so He would be the firstborn among many brothers. 30Those whom He appointed long ago He called. Those whom He called He declared righteous. And those whom He declared righteous He glorified.
I got good news and I got bad news. The bad news is verse 28 is often misquoted in such a way that people, all people think God is going to work out everything good for them if that thing is initially bad. I’m afraid that is not the case. The good news is God is going to have all things work out for good for some of you.
And just who may God work out all things for good? Now when Paul says all things, he does mean all things. Nothing is excluded from all things. It really doesn’t matter how horrific the thing that is happening in your life God is able and willing and promise to make good out of it. Yes, God is that wise, intelligent, and powerful. That doesn’t take away from pain you may be going through now but it does give it meaning.
Now for whom does God do this? Those who love God who are called according to his plan. Who is it that loves God? Those who are called according to his plan. How do you know if you have been called according to his plan? Well you have to go back to chapter one, verse one and read everything back up to this point. It is those who have been convicted of their sin by the Law, who have been given the gift of repentance and faith, and who have been baptized into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus through baptism. Is that you? Then you can count yourself as one who loves God and called according to his plan. Is it not you? Then get on board with the program, repent, believe and be baptized!
Those whom God called according to his plan he chose in Christ before the foundation of the world. (Eph. 1) He chose you. He chose you to be conformed to the image of his Son Jesus Christ. Through the word and sacrament he is calling and conforming you into his image. Daily, as we waste away we are inwardly being renewed from one glory to the next. We are being made new in knowledge, holiness and righteousness through these two gifts of God. If we have been called (which baptism assures us we have been) then God has declared us righteous. He declares us righteous because of the work Christ has done for us on the cross. If we are declared righteous then we have the promise that we have been glorified in Christ Jesus.
Being chosen, called, declared righteous and being glorified are the good things God is working out in our lives through the evil that befalls us. Look at how such a thing was made possible—Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. It can’t get any more evil than Jesus’ innocent suffering and death. Yet through that God raised Christ from the death and declared the world justified. How much more then will God work through the evil in your life and raise you to eternal glory in Christ Jesus his son?
Heavenly Father, when we doubt may your Holy Spirit remind us of the calling we have in Christ Jesus to be your children and may the gift of baptism give us the comfort that you indeed have not only chosen us in time but before the foundation of the world to be in Christ Jesus. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.