And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
“And we know…”
There is no room for doubt in our hearts or in our minds. “We KNOW!”
And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”
And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.”
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–he then said to the paralytic–“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” (Matthew 9:1-6)
Christ Jesus showed with absolute certainty that He was the Son of God. He alone has the power to forgive our sins. He alone is worthy of our praise. “We know.”
The Samaritans came to “know.”
They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42 )
Jesus spent days with the Samaritans teaching them. They felt His presence, the presence of God with them. They had no doubt. To them and to us He “is indeed the Savior of the world.”
“That for those who love God….”
We are those who love God; believers in Christ Jesus. Men and women who have been convicted by the Holy Spirit that Christ Jesus is the Son of God are “those who love God.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16, 17)
Without God’s gift; without Christ Jesus’ gift we would have no hope. We would stand condemned. God caused us to believe.
Would you have come to believe Christ died for you had not God convicted you? Would you stand on the Rock if God had not pointed Him out to you? Would you have the assurance of everlasting life if God did not tell you?
“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”(John 3:18-21)
God by His Holy Spirit showed us the Light. Wickedness is not in us any longer. There is no room for hate or envy. There is no place for jealousy or lust. There is only room for the Light.
“All things work together for good….”
All the good things in our lives AND all the bad things that we experience or may yet experience create a “good.” Our “good” is our treasure stored in heaven. Our “good” is peace in our temporal bodies. Our “good” is the hope that is Christ Jesus. “To live is Christ to die is gain.”
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:3-10)
God has revealed to us the “mystery” of His will. He saved us and has prepared for us “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places….” Again we see “the purpose of His will” and that is that we would believe.
The “mystery” is that Christ Jesus is our Savior. “We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses (sins) according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished on us….”
The trials and the sorrows make us stronger in Him.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)
God takes care of birds of the field. He clothes the lilies in the fields in grand splendor. How much more does He care for us?
Are you lacking? Are you incomplete?
Then ask Him for wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-8)
“For those who are called….”
We are those “who are called.” He does not scream to us in the wilderness. He speaks to us gently. He touches our hearts. He lifts our spirits and He TELLS us we are His. He gives us the capacity to want Him. He is our treasure.
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
He called out to young fishermen. They in turn called out others in Christ’s Name. His Word calls out us out of the darkness and into the Light.
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Luk 10:1, 3)
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mat 11:28-30)
He calls and we heard Him.
“According to His purpose….”
God is Sovereign. He answers to no other. There is not any other like Him. He stands alone and He sets the stars, the moon and the sun. His purpose is His divine right to mold us to His character.
He holds under His wing. He gives us refuge in Him. There is not a thing that can take us from Him. We serve Him and He leads us “according to His purpose.”
Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?
You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.
I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed. And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long, for they have been put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt. (Psalm 71:19-24)
God will move us through every trial to a point we look only for Him. He will give us the strength to do His work on the earth. He redeemed us because He chose to. For that we sing His praises; we talk of His righteousness; we honor Him with our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits.
“And we know….”