March 21, 2021: Why I Believe Romans 8:28
“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” (Rom. 8:28, NKJV).
In the midst of trouble, it can be very difficult to see anything good. More often than not, the darkness of pain and suffering drowns out any glimpse of light and hope. Faith tends to give way to feelings of despair and discouragement. Have you been there? Maybe you are experiencing that dark place right now.
Remember Joseph in the Bible? His multi-colored coat, dreaming mind and the intense hatred of his older brothers? The ones whom he should have been able to trust for protection instead plotted to kill him. Joseph was stripped, beaten, sold into slavery and sent to a foreign land. He had many years to reflect on what happened to him. I’ve often thought about his attitude toward his brothers and God during those years in Egypt.
After 20 years, Joseph is reunited with his brothers. The Bible gives a glimpse into his heart as he interacts with them. And after their father dies, the brothers are still afraid Joseph may seek retaliation for their prior wrongs. Yet we see what I call the “original” Romans 8:28 found in 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” (NKJV).
Take hold of the same faith that Joseph had in God. He chose to see his experiences through the lens of faith. His perspective was widened to see a plan bigger and more far-reaching than his own life.
Dear God, thank You for being in control of our circumstances for our good and for Your glory! Amen.
Marquita Klinedinst is a member of the Spencerville church in Maryland.
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