All Things Work Together for Good: Cracks in the Foundation

Here is another excerpt from my book, Cracks in the Foundation. 

#2 All things work together for good

The Context

Paul wrote to the Romans about the power of “Holy Spirit praying” in 8:26,27. He ties this truth in with “all things work together for good for those who love God and are the called according to His purpose.” In verse 29 Paul  speaks of the fact that we are predestined to be conformed into the image of Christ 

The Positive

When we embrace the truth of Romans 8:26-28, He promises that everything in our lives will turn out for good. This includes bad things that happened to us, or wrong choices we made. What a glorious promise! It may take a while for the complete turnaround to occur, but God starts the process immediately once we turn our hearts to Him. 

The Crack

There will be a crack in our spiritual foundation if we believe this verse means, “All things that happen are good.” Unfortunately, many believe Romans 8:28 teaches just this. This conclusion results from a misunderstanding of God’s sovereignty. If we believe all circumstances are good, we will subconsciously think prayer is pointless. We will also be hindered in our ability to “resist the devil” (James 4:7) because we will never know what to resist. After all, we may resist something for our good, even if it is sickness, addiction, or tragedy. 

Concluding Thoughts

Romans 8:28 is one of the greatest promises in the whole Bible. We rejoice in it because our God transforms  messes into something good! That is truly good news! However, we are careful not to become passive, and simply let life happen to us; thinking  everything that happens will work out for good. This conclusion weakens our hope, and makes us depend on “I hope this works” praying, rather than confidence in prayer as God intends (I John 5:14,15 and Mark 11:24). 

Discussion Questions

1.  What truth stood out to you the most in this teaching?
2.  Give testimonies of how negative things in your past turned positive for you.
3.  Do you have a clear idea of what to resist in life and what to embrace? Explain. 

Speak these declarations aloud

1.  Every negative thing in my past is being turned to good. 
2.  I resist the devil and he flees from me. 
3.  I have great discernment to understand what is from God and what is from the devil.