I am consistently reminded of how much I don’t know. How much I falter, and step down instead of up. How much I rely upon myself, instead of relying upon my Maker, Creator, my God.
Today it has been on me to write a little about my favorite verse of the Bible. Romans 8:28
It goes like this:
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Wow. That is pretty powerful, at least in my mind. All things work together for good – so that cup of sugar I dumped on the kitchen floor this morning, that made me 10 minutes late leaving the house? I could say that it probably saved my life – if I had left on time, I would have been the car in the intersection when the semi lost his brakes and plowed through another large vehicle (no one was killed – thank God). But that could have been me.
Now, I know you’re thinking it was just coincidence that I spilled that sugar, then saw an accident that happened just as I would have been in the intersection. That’s alright – it’s what skeptics do, and I love you just the same.
But God didn’t leave us with just this promise – he left us with much more. The passage goes on to read:
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Wait… what did you say, God? You predestined me to be conformed to the image of your Son? He is the firstborn of many brothers – my brothers in Him? Wow. Thank you, God for seeing in me something I never saw before. I am so beautiful and precious in Your eyes – and I never saw it in myself. Even more goodness follows this:
30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Glorified? So… let me get this straight – you Glorified me? Wow! Some days I don’t feel glorious, glorified, or anything like it… but You said that I am… How special! But why God, why would you do this for me, a simple sinner who is not worthy of you?
Well… that too is explained:
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (OK I have to admit, this makes me feel pretty powerful, doesn’t it you)?
32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Wow… he sent his Son, his only Son – his precious baby boy to death… For me. For you. For the world. and He will stand against any power that comes against us, if we simply accept His Son! (John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”) Wow. OK, so He loved this world so much that he allowed His only Son to die and bring eternal life to us… that’s Love!
And that’s something that cannot be taken away from us – even if we are suffering with financial issues, pain, bullies, hunger, homelessness, or danger – it does not matter! See, He says so:
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
He says plainly – we are more than conquerors through Him.
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Wow… Nothing can take us away from His love because of Jesus. He willingly sacrificed His Son, to bring us this wonderful gift. What are we willing to sacrifice for Him?
Just a thought…