If you have been around the church any amount of time, Romans 8:28 should be familiar to you.
“AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THOSE WHO ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.” ROMANS 8:28
We hear it spoken whenever a problem arises. We hear it recited when we ask for counsel and go through problems. We listen to it preached on and feel like everything should be coming up roses.
Problem is, everything is not coming up roses.
When we are hurting, hopeless and helpless the last thing we need is someone telling us, everything is good. The truth is, everything is not good! Simply because we do not want to face, step into or admit that everything is not good, does not change the fact.
A simple phrase like, “It’s all good,” does nothing to take away the hurt, hopelessness or helplessness. The reality that we do not have the time, desire or ability to change someone’s hurt, hopelessness, or helplessness does not mean we should “All Good” it away!
I am not condemning or chastising anyone. I myself have been caught in situations where I feel desperate to help and powerless at the same time. I would be lying if I did not confess that Romans 8:28 popped into my head immediately.
What would happen when someone in pain came to us, and instead of quoting Romans 8:28 right away, or responding with, “It’s All Good,” we paused, took a breath and spoke Truth?
IT’S NOT ALL GOOD, BUT GOD IS!
This is the TRUTH of Romans 8:28!
Life is not good all the time, but God is!
The comfort and reassurance of Romans 8:28 is that WHEN, not IF, we go through hurtful, hopeless and helpless times, if we walk in the light of God’s goodness He will work it out for His good!
The beauty of the scriptures is that they all work together in harmony when we read them as our love letter from God! They make beautiful music in the Truth they speak.
In first John 1:5 we read the Truth about God’s goodness, His holiness is revealed. In God there is only light, no darkness, and He is All Good!
“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you : God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all!” I John 1:5
OUR LIVES ARE NOT ALL GOOD BUT OUR GOD IS!
In another passage God tells us that we WILL go through trials and hard times but to not FEAR because He has overcome them all!
Life is hard! People we love go through difficult times and so do we. On this side of heaven, it is not “All Good,” but glory to God, HE IS!
So when you find yourself or someone you love or have been asked to comfort, in that inevitable place of pain and hurt this side of heaven, remember for yourself and point others to the good, holy, perfect light that can heal all, God!
Speak Truth Love