Romans 8:28 tells us that “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” This is perhaps the most popular verse from the most popular chapter of the most popular book in the New Testament – and yet it is often misunderstood.
Unfortunately, what many people mean when they quote Romans 8:28 is a sort of “turn that frown upside down,” “When God closes a door He opens a window” mentality that ultimately proves to be very unhelpful.
On this episode of the Reasonable Theology podcast, we will examine the context of Romans 8:28 in order to determine its meaning. As we do, we will see that most people do not use this verse to promise too much, but too little.
The point of Romans 8:28 is not that God is working out ‘all things’ to give you comfort in life, but that He is working out all things to bring you into conformity with Christ.
As we examine this verse, we will see that we can endure any trial with hope, patience, and even joy as we stand firm on the promise that “for those who love God all things work together for good.”