Today’s Scripture: 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
|All things work together for good – this is not a blanket statement. One thing that is often missed is the second part of the verse. It says all things work together for good to them that love God. But what does it mean to love God? The Bible makes it very clear that being saved and loving God are not the same thing.
Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments,” (John 14:15) and “If a man love me, he will keep my words.” (John 14:23) Obeying God is a requirement for loving Him. We are saved apart from works, but our relationship is based on service. Our love for God is expressed in our obedience to Him.
If we love God, He promises to work all things for good. We may face difficulties in our lives that may not end as we wish they would. However, they will work out for our good. Also, notice it says all things work together for good. What does the word “all” mean here? It means all. The individual trial you are facing may not immediately be for your benefit. But In the long run, we will see how God used each trial to help both us and others.
God is good, but He may allow unwanted things in our lives to accomplish several things: discipline us – which should make us better, try our faith – which should make us better, reveal our faith to others – which should make us better and help them, etc. Everything that comes into our lives can be used to help us grow spiritually, but if we don’t love God, we may not allow those hardships to help us. We could grow cold and angry at God because of the circumstances in our lives. If that happens, the blessings we could have had through those trials will be forfeited, and others will not see our faith.
We need to make sure our attitudes and lives match up with God’s Word so when we face trials, we can have the confidence that we will be helped because of them. God’s Word promises everything can work to benefit to us. Will you live so that they do?
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.