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 Romans 8:28

"And we know that God causes everything to work
together for the good of those who love God and
are called according to His purpose for them." Romans 8:28

(adapted from Winslow's, "All Things Working for Good")

It is palpably clear and emphatically true that all
that occurs in the Lord's government of His people
conspires for, and works out, and results in, their
highest happiness, their greatest good.

The gloomiest and most painful circumstances in
the history of the child of God, without a solitary
exception, are all conspiring, and all working
together, for his real and permanent good.

The painful and inexplicable dispensations, which
at the present moment may be thickening and
deepening around your path, are but so many
problems in God's government, which He is working
out to their certain, satisfactory, and happy results.

And when the good thus embosomed in the lowering
cloud of some crushing providence, accomplishes its
benevolent and heaven sent mission, then trial will
expand its dark pinions and fly away; and sorrow will
roll up its somber drapery and disappear.

All things under the government of an infinitely great,
all wise, righteous, and beneficent Lord God, work together
for good. What that good may be, the shape it may assume,
the complexion it may wear, the end to which it may be
subservient, we cannot tell. To our dim view it may appear
an evil, but to God's far seeing eye it is a positive good.

Oh, truth most divine!

Oh, words most consolatory!

How many whose eye traces this page, it may be whose
tears bedew it, whose sighs breathe over it, whose prayers
hallow it, may be wading in deep waters, may be drinking
bitter cups, and are ready to exclaim: "All these things
are against me!"

Oh no, beloved of God, all these things are for you!

Do not be afraid!

Christ restrains the flood upon whose heaving bosom
He serenely sits. Christ controls the waters, whose
sounding waves obey the mandate of his voice.

Christ's cloudy chariot is paved with love!

Then, fear not!

Your Father grasps the helm of your storm tossed
bark, and through cloud and tempest will steer it
safely to the port of endless rest.

Will it not be a good, if your present adversity results in...
the dethronement of some worshiped idol;
in the endearing of Christ to your soul;
in the closer conformity of your mind to God's image;
in the purification of your heart;
in your more thorough fitness for heaven?

Will it not be a real good if it terminate...
in a revival of God's work within you;
in stirring you up to more prayer;
in enlarging your heart to all that love the same Savior;
in stimulating you to increased activity...
for the conversion of sinners,
for the diffusion of the truth,
and for the glory of God?

Oh yes! good, real good, permanent good must result
from all the Divine dispensations in your history.

Bitter repentance shall end in the experienced sweetness of Christ's love.

The festering wound shall but elicit the healing balm.

The overpowering burden shall but bring you to the tranquil rest.

The storm shall but quicken your footsteps to the Hiding place.

The north wind and the south wind shall breathe together
over your garden, and the spices shall flow out.

In a little while; oh, how soon! you shall pass away
from earth to heaven, and in its clearer, serener light
shall read the truth, often read with tears before,
"And we know that God causes everything to work
together for the good of those who love God and
are called according to His purpose for them."


 2007/12/9 15:25Profile

 Re: - to be conformed to the image of his Son

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered and he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose, [b]for[/b] whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Rom 8:26-29 one sentence in the Greek. Praise GOD!

 2007/12/10 0:53

Joined: 2007/6/7
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18


 2007/12/10 5:40Profile

Joined: 2006/1/31
Posts: 4991

 Re: Romans 8:28

"And we know that God causes everything to work
together for the good of those who love God and
are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

Strong faith has a firm persuasion of God's over-ruling
Providence--so comprehensive as to include the destinies
of empires and worlds; and so minute as to extend to
individuals. Strong faith believes that God's Providence is . . .
ever active,
ever directing,
ever controlling, and
ever subordinating
all things to His own purposes and plans.

Strong faith is a conviction of this great truth--so deep, so
satisfying, and so tranquilizing--as not at all to be shaken
by the chaotic aspect of human affairs, or the prevalence
of gigantic evils.

A weak faith must give way before . . .
the deep mysteries,
the confounding events,
the defeats of what is good, and
the triumphs of what is evil,
which are perpetually going on in our world's history.

The stream of Providence is . . .
so twisting,
so dark,
apparently so murky, and
occasionally so devastating;
that it requires strong faith believe that it is the
work of God and not of chance; and that if it is the
work of God--it must be just, and wise, and good.

In the darkest dispensations of Providence affecting
ourselves, strong faith realizes that it is all from God;
and must therefore be wise, and just, and good. To be
able really say, "It is well. I am sure it is right. I cannot
tell how it is right. I do not understand why this deep
afflictive Providence came. I can find no key to unlock
the mystery. But I am as confident that it is right, as if
God's whole purpose were transparent to my reason, and
I could see the event in all its connections, bearings, and
results. I cannot see how or why--but I believe that my
deep affliction is for God's glory and my ultimate benefit. I
know that God causes everything to work together for good."

Faith assures us that the darker, the more confounding, the
more disappointing events--are all right and just, and good.

Strong faith walks on amid shadows and darkness, grasping
the arm of God, believing that He is leading us, and will lead
us right. Strong faith gives up all into His hands, saying,
"I cannot even see a glimmering of light! I cannot see where
to place my next step! But I can most implicitly trust in the
wisdom, power, and truth of God! I follow like a little blind
child, grasping the hand of his father!"

Times of great troubles and difficulties, are seasons and
opportunities for the exercise of faith. God is always the
Christian's best refuge--and often his only one! He is
sometimes reduced to extremity, and is compelled to say,
"He alone is my rock and my salvation! My help comes only
from the Lord! No one else will help me--no one else can!"

Sense and reason both fail. No door of escape presents
itself--nor any way of relief. There is nothing left for him
to do, but to take up the promise and carry it in the hand
of faith, knock by prayer at the door of mercy, and as he
stands there to say, "Find rest, O my soul, in God alone!
My hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my
salvation! He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Yes,
Lord, You have bid me come, when I could go nowhere
else. And here according to your command and promise I
will remain--waiting, trembling, yet believing and hoping.
I am sure You will come and help me. My heavenly Father
knows the necessities of His poor helpless child, and He
will come in His own time, and in His own way, and I will
wait for him. My bread will be given me, and my water
will be sure."

(J. A. James, "The Practical Believer Delineated")


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