Focal passage: Romans 8:28-39
I want to give you five reasons why Romans 8:28 is so important to me. First, whenever I try to take charge of my life I always mess it up. I realize nowhere in scripture does God affirm or accept reckless or sinful living, but I am so grateful He can still take my poor and inadequate decisions and use them for my good and His glory.
Second, life can be extremely difficult at times.
When I think about my two sons who struggle to learn, and there is seemingly nothing I can do further to correct their problem, my heart breaks. Their circumstance forces me to cry out before the Lord and say, “God, I am fully claiming Your promise that all things work for the good who love You and are called according to Your purposes.”
Third, I can wake up every morning with a sense of expectation that everything that comes into my life that day can make me more like Christ and less like sin.
Scripture is clear; God is at work conforming us into the image of His Son (8:29). Sometimes, it is hard for us to believe God is interested in using the small things in life to sanctify us, but He does.
The Bible says, “And we know that in all things [that includes big and small] God works for the good of those who love him.”
Fourth, NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was released from the Philadelphia Eagles last month. For several years now I have been living vicariously through Tim Tebow. I know he is not the only Christian playing professional football, but when he was cut by the Eagles I was extremely disappointed. However, because of the Bible, I know God will work it out for His glory – I just hope it involves more football for Tebow.
Finally, Romans 8:28 is important to me because it makes life exciting and meaningful.
So many people view life as random acts but when you read scripture you realize we are playing a part in God’s magnificent providential plan. Can there be anything more important?