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HH Topic - All Things Work Together

Is Everything Working Out For Good? Many of us know Romans 8:28-29. It pulled us through times of depression, war, illness and times of disappointment. This text is one of the most meaningful passages in Bible! When interpreted in the context in which it is found, it will bring unlimited comfort and cheer in times of testing. However, this text is not passive, accepting an attitude of "what will be, will be." Nor does it mean to accept everything that comes our way as being from God. At times, this text seems confusing because those who love God most often seem to get the worst life can give. And, then too, there are those who attempt to "sweep their mistakes under the rug" by simply quoting, "all things work together for good!".
 
Everything does "work out" one way or the other, either for good or ill. The very same thing can happen to two different people, however, one person is destroyed by it and the other person is strengthened by it. So, it is not "things" that are different, but rather, it is the "working together of things." Things do not work together for good all by themselves nor do they wok out together for good automatically. This text does not mean that we are to passively submit to whatever happens. What this text teach is that God will help us to make "things work out together for good" out of whatever happens to us, instead of the worst.
 
IT IS NOT WHAT TO HAPPENS TO US, BUT, RATHER, WHAT HAPPENS IN US. Did you ever notice how most of us pray about "outside" things, instead of what happens "inside" of us? Instead of praying about the things that confront us, we ought to pray about the attitude by which we confront things. Romans 8:28 is not saying, "Keep a stiff upper lip," or, "Grin & bear it." Scripture often makes the point that the REMEDY FOR OUR ILLS, LIES WITH OUR ATTITUDE.
 
The first two words of Romans 8:28, "We know," gives us an unwavering confidence. When our hope has failed, or we suffer unmerited harm, or someone has deliberately been abusive toward us, God can make everything turn out for our good! This Biblical truth renders complaining unthinkable. That is the very reason that God tells us, "In everything give thanks!" I know this seems impossible, but that is what the Bible teaches. In everything give thanks - things adverse, or things of advantage - because they can turn out for good! Who can remain unthankful in face of this claim? This sounds great in the Sunday morning service, but, when we are faced with devastating sorrows, it sounds rather glib, and divorced from grim reality! And, when we are honest with ourselves, there are times when we are secretly skeptic, and lurking in the back of our mind is a vague suspicion that this text doesn't apply to us. The key to understanding God's meaning in this text is to remember that this verse must not be isolated from its context. It must not be divorced from its conditional clauses.
 
CONDITIONAL CLAUSES. Notice that there are two clauses in this text which determine, and limit, its application:
(1.) “To them that love God,” and, (2.) “To them that are called according to God purpose.” The simple fact is that, all things do NOT (without qualifications) work together for good for everybody and this verse does not so teach, but, rather, it teaches that “all things work together for good . . .”
 
1. “For them that love God” - ONE MUST BE IN A LOVING RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD The promise of Romans 8:28 is to the members of God's family - to those enjoying, and manifesting, family affection. Love always trusts even when it cannot discern!
 
2. “To them who are the called according to His purpose” - ONE MUST BE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD'S CALLING. Romans 8:28 is for those who have a knowledge that they are “called according to God's purpose!” Put another way: “God's purpose unfolds to those whom He has called and who love Him in return.” The promise of this text is not to the rebellious, or those who only sympathize with God's purpose. For anyone to be entitled to the comfort of this verse, he must be within the category that is laid down in this verse. If we fulfill our part, it is inconceivable that God's perfect design could be thwarted by any adversity!
 
Discuss the four (4) Truths taught by Rom 8:28-29
1. GOD'S PLAN IS BEST – “All things work together FOR GOOD . . .” - Focus on verse 29. What “good” is the verse speaking of? - Why is it hard to find the “good” in unpleasant situations? - Could it be God has a different “good” than the one we know? - Refer also to Gen 50:20
 
2. GOD'S PLAN FOR US IS ACTIVE – “All things WORK together for good.” - Refer also to Ephesians 2:10 - Why does it seem at times that God is doing nothing in our lives? - Is it important for us to see how things work out? - Why do we sometimes feel that in bad situations this verse does not apply to us?
 
3. GOD'S PLAN IS ALWAYS INCLUSIVE – “ALL things work together for good!” - What does “all” imply? - Refer also to Matthew 10:29 - Does this mean that everything that happens to us is God’s will?
 
4. THE EVENTS OF OUR LIFE ARE NOT UNRELATED -“All things work TOGETHER for good” - Why is this word important in this context? - Compare God’s work in your life with that of an artist painting a masterpiece. - What can we learn from this that we can apply daily?
Not until the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the pattern and explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful, in the Weaver's skilful hand
As the threads of gold and silver for the pattern He has planned .

 
Reference Verses:
Rom 8:28-29 - And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Genesis 50:20 - But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
Eph 2:10 - For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Matthew 10:29 - Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.

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