28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Romans 8:28 (NLT)
Welcome to the series of my study on Romans 8. We have reached one of the most positive verses in the Bible. I love the part that says “God causes everything to work together for the good.” In this article, we shall study in depth what this verse means and how we can make use of it for our prosperity.
Let us begin with the term “everything” in the above verse. It covers all the events and situations that are in our lives, both good and bad. If you look back in you life, I am sure you will find good and bad things happened in the past. God has promised us that he will cause all of them, both good and bad to work together our good.
This is a great encouragement for those of us who are troubled by mistakes we made in the past. You could be troubled today because you have made mistakes in the past. You made wrong choices that lead to terrible consequences. The damage was done. Right now, you wished you could go back to the past and unmake those decisions but you know you can never do that. God is telling you to let go of that guilt and trust in him. He is giving you a promise that He will turn this bad experience of yours into something good. Your past mistakes might have caused 10 people died but God can turn it around and give you the ability to save 1,000 lives. You past mistakes might have caused you to lose $100,000 but God can turn it around and give you the ability to make an additional $100,000,000. This is the nature of our God.
Please note that the above verse does not name God as the pervert who caused the bad experiences to happen. God is the person who made bad things into good. He is not the one who caused the bad things to happen in the first place. God is not a hypocrite. He will not push you into the water and then throws you a float to save you in order to show you how much he loves you. That is the religious people’s version of God, not the Bible’s.
I remember some time ago my brother-in-law was hospitalized because he was infected by some disease. As we reached his bed, there were many people surrounding him with their hands on him. It looked like these people are his church friends praying for his recovery. However, after the prayer, one lady in the group said, “Maybe God wants you to rest more.”
What do you think she meant by that? It seemed to her that God could be the one who gave my brother-in-law the disease because He wanted him to rest more. What do you think of this? Do you think God loves you so much that he wants you to have good rest and He will do everything it takes to make you rest even to the extent of giving you some disease? In my view, that is perversion. I can never respect a God who gives disease to help people rest. It is very sickening although I am not surprised that religious churches to be quite used to it.
Let me repeat this as it is extremely important. God is not the pervert who caused bad things to happen to us in order to give himself the opportunity to play hero. God was not the one who caused the troubles we faced. He is our savior, not killer. He cannot be our deliverer and oppressor at the same time. You have to make up your mind on whether God is your deliverer or your oppressor. As for me, I choose to believe in what the Bible says. God causes everything to work together for my good.
The subsequent part of the verse tells us the only conditions to have God causing everything to work together for our good. Such privilege is for those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. The first condition is we must love God. The question is how to love God? If you are in a religious church, they will tell you that you must love God and the way to do that is to obey all their rituals. That is not what the Bible says.
The truth is one cannot be forced to love anyone including God. You can never force anyone to love you at gun point. Nor can you bribe anyone to do the same. They will only love the bribe and not you. So, the only way we can love God is for us to find out how much he loves us. Read the Bible. Read how Jesus treated his people. See for yourself how kind and loving he is. There is nothing He wished more than for you to prosper and be in health as your soul prospers. Not only that, Jesus was willing to die for our sins. At the Cross, he took all our sins for us to live in righteousness. He took all our diseases for us to live in health. He died poor for us to live rich. The more you are aware on how much He loves you, you can’t help loving him.
The second condition is we are called according to His purpose. This is not our call but His. So, God had fulfilled this condition for us.
In conclusion, God causes everything to work together for our good.