And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 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. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. – Romans 8:28-30 ESV
Romans 8:28 is one of the top verses in the Bible that people use to help things make sense. Life can be confusing and sometimes make little sense. In those times that we turn to the Bible we want to find HOPE, something to sustain us through troubled waters. If you notice, it is actually a conditional statement. There is a BIG “IF”, and then there is a “THEN”. It could be read, “IF you love God and are called according to HIS PURPOSE, THEN God works ALL THINGS together for OUR GOOD and GODS GLORY. If you are a child of God that should bring comfort. NO MATTER, how dark, confusing or uncertain the times we are in, GOD WILL USE THIS IN A POSITIVE WAY. That is why there is HOPE. However, too many people stop at the period at the end of verse 28 and forget to continue on through the end of verse 30. There is much more HOPE, and there is much more reason to READ ON!
Leader, God is telling us that HE HAS THIS! He is the GREAT MANIPULATOR IN THE SKY! It is all in HIS PLAN. He is doing everything IN ORDER! God is doing everything so that we MIGHT BE FIRSTBORN among many brothers. God is using everything; good, bad, indifferent, fair, unfair, just, unjust, right, wrong, choices and things put upon us- to make us CONFORMED to the image of JESUS! Conform means to be Made to resemble; assuming the same form; like; resembling. To form, or shape. to be or become similar in form, nature, or character. to be in harmony or accord. This is God’s PURPOSE in allowing bad things to happen to good people and allow good things to happen to bad people. God gives us free will and then uses our choices- even those He disagrees with and causes Him grief- to make us into the image of HIS SON, our SAVIOR, our MESSIAH- Jesus! Continue reading into v30 because it gets better! Those HE KNEW, HE predestined, HE called, HE justified, HE GLORIFIED! Did you get that? It is all about HE, HIM and HIS! GOD IS DOING IT ALL, or I should say, GOD HAS DONE IT ALL, and continues to DO IT ALL!
Conduit, when Paul was writing to the church in Corinth and he was addressing divisions in the church, Paul put it very bluntly. Some were followers of John, and some were bragging about who Baptized them; I am one of Paul’s, I am one of Apollos…they were talking about who they were following and who got the glory for their conversion to the faith, and Paul posits a simple statement of fact: are you not being merely human? 1 Corinthians 3 picks up on this conversational point, “What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. (v5-9) “So neither he who plants nor he who waters in anything…”- GOD IS DOING ALL THE WORK! It is time to STOP STEALING GOD’S GLORY! God is all about GLORY! GLORY IS the manifested, visible, presence of God, often displayed in dazzling magnificence (radiant, shiny – TAR); it is His character, His attributes expressed; it is His weight, His inestimable worth revealed in His creation. It is God who is doing all the work, it is God who has done all the work, and it is God who has plans for you and I, He has created good works for us to walk through. God sits about time, He knows what you are going through, He has it all worked out, He knows the outcome…our job is to have FAITH: to believe what He says, even when it conflicts with our flesh and our world. For WITHOUT FAITH, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God. JEHOVAH deserves the PRAISE, He deserves the focus, the accolades and ALL the GLORY. How blessed are we? To have been chosen by the God of the universe and then SET UP TO SUCCEED! Today GIVE GOD THE GLORY and remember: NO SHARED GLORY!