Man is quick to determine whether a thing is good or bad, but we know our labels cannot always be generally applied. For example, the thing that is good for one group of people might not be good for another group, and this applies in the same way to whatever it is that we see as being bad.
We do not really need explanations for the good experiences because we enjoy them, and often take them for granted. It is the bad experience that usually leaves us with questions.
Romans 8:28 settles the business of good and bad for Christians, that is if we truly believe “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
These words settle this matter because if we love God, we trust Him as the One who has saved us from our sins and given us eternal life. We believe in “his purpose,” that is, we trust that God has something in His mind and heart for us. That “something” is much greater than anything we can see.
Always remember the sovereignty of God, who can make something good out of something that we might see as bad. Joseph understood this so well when he spoke to his brothers: “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good.”
It is up to us to continue to submit to God and hear the Savior when He says to us, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
We also have an interest in this because of God’s foreknowledge of us. As the omniscient God, He knew the future as well as the present, and He knew beforehand that we would believe. With this knowledge He predestined us “to be conformed to the image of his Son.”
Predestination is according to God’s will for all who are saved. According to Ephesians 1:5, we have been predestined “unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.”
In addition, Paul said everyone “he did predestinate, them he also called.” We have been called by the Holy Spirit to salvation in Christ Jesus. We have been justified and glorified, he said, telling us that justification and heaven are inseparable.
Why does all of this matter to us? It matters because we are an adopted people and belong to God. We might be opposed in every direction, but “If God be for us, who can be against us?”
God did not spare “his own Son,” who died for our sins on the cross. If God would not limit Himself in this way, why would He not abundantly bless us in so many other ways?
Paul asked, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?” He responded with, “It is God that justifieth.” Who is able to condemn us seeing that we are the elect of God? God has pardoned us and we are favored by Him. God has justified us and we will not be condemned by Him.
Christ Jesus, who died for us, intercedes for us and there is nothing that can separate us from His love. Believers experience suffering, even death, and in some instances there is no more remorse for Christians than there is for a sheep going to the slaughter.
Regardless of what we experience we are victors, not victims. Life can be turned in every way against us, but there is nothing, not even death, that has the power to separate us from God’s love.
It goes without saying that if you are a Christian, you are so blessed. Trials that weigh so heavily on you now are nothing when compared to the glory awaiting you in eternity.
Salvation and security are surely ours because Jesus has promised it: “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:28).