28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.
What is the Good?
We are told that all things work for the good of those who love God? Materialistic Christians think of this in consumer terms. “Although I didn’t get the pool that God wants me to have, I know that what happens today will work toward my house, my jet, and my swimming pool.” However, the context tells us that the good is the working out of our calling. God has a purpose when he takes a hold of us and that purpose can not be foiled. God has a plan. His plan will not be foiled. Everything that happens to his chosen people is part of the plan. We are called. We are justified, We are glorified. Nothing can work against the inevitability of God’s work.
So, God does not place under the Christmas tree the gift that we always wanted. He uses the cataclysm, the disappointment, or the instability in life to create in us the person he meant us to be. Our access to God is complete. His access to us is unhindered. We become good.
Father, may I rest assured that all the things in my life work to bring about your good in me. May I be the person you have laid hold of me to become.
- What works for the good of those whom God calls?
- How are predestination and goodness connected in this passage?
- How is verse 28 used by Christians?
- How would you explain the meaning of verse 28 in your own words?
- Are you secure in the knowledge that God is working out his plan through you?