Romans 8:28 is one of the most memorized and quoted verses in the New Testament. This text conveys a message of comfort, direction, and hope to believers daily. To appreciate the text clearly, we would have to read chapters 7 and 8. In Chapter 7 of the book of Romans, we get to understand that as believers, we have been released from the law and bound to Christ.
In Romans Chapter 8, because we are bound to Christ, there is no condemnation. The chapter further compares the lifestyles of those who live by the flesh and the Spirit. In verse 18 of Chapter 8, it tells us that our present sufferings are not comparable to the glory that will be revealed to us. This, therefore, implies that no matter what challenges we are faced with, God is working out for our good.
Lessons from the Passage
First of all, there is the certainty of the promise God made. The words - "..And we know.." is not a matter of accident or trying something. Indeed, everything that happens to the believer has been permitted by God for a purpose.
Our situation may not be pleasant but God is working out for our good.
The second lesson is the extent of the promise: The passage says "all things" Both the pleasant and the unpleasant will work together for our good. For us believers, nothing takes place by chance. All things are planned and orchestrated by God
Third lesson is the source of the promise: The source is God as stated in the passage. God works... The source determines how reliable the promise can be. The source is the creator of the universe.
Beneficiaries of the Promise
In the passage, we read that those who love the Lord will benefit from this promise. Look at your attitude towards the things of God? Look at your attitude towards communication with the Lord through - Prayer and Study of the word of God.
Secondly, those who are called according to God’s purpose These are people who are justified by the Lord. They qualify to receive the blessings and promise of the Lord.
In conclusion, we know that God will work all things together for our good if we love the Lord.