6/17 Do All Things Work Together for Good?

Posted on : Jun 14th, 2018 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

Do all things really work together for good?

It is easy to say those words, especially when things are going well in our lives.  But they are hard to believe when we are going through extremely difficult, painful experiences.

For example, we just passed the two-year commemoration of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.  For many of us that horrible event is becoming a distant memory.  Yes, we remember it, but it is not something that is part of our everyday consciousness.  But for those who were there that night, those who survived the shooting, and those who had a loved one shot to death, everyday is a painful reminder of the terror and violence of that event.  While there was a remarkable outpouring of love to all those who lost loved ones and all those who survived the shooting, it is still really difficult to find any “good” in that tragedy.  We may say there were some compassionate responses to this tragic loss of life, but does that mean that it is part of “all things working together for good?”

What did Paul mean when he wrote those words to the Christians forming the church in Rome?  I don’t know for certain the answer to that question, but I do have a strong feeling that what Paul meant is not how we use those words today.  I think Paul was referring to something much greater than even the collective crises in our lives and world.

Do all things really work together for good?  Let’s explore this on Sunday.



 Romans 8:28-39

We know that in everything God works for good with those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose. For those whom God foreknew God also predestined to be conformed to the image of God’s Child, in order that the Child might be the first-born among many.  And those whom God predestined God also called; and those whom God called God also justified; and those whom God justified God also glorified.
What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? God who did not spare God’s own Child but gave him up for us all, will God not also give us all things with Christ?  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies; who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us?  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through God who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Savior.

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