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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Summary: What Paul delivers here is both an assurance and a conviction – whatever happens to us in our lives, God will take it and use it, he will take even those things that were meant for evil and use them for our lasting good. Thus, when we give thanks to God, we are thankful that he does this for us and in us. Every situation, every trial, every blemish, every wrong . . . not some but in all things the Lord works on our behalf to bend it towards are good. This to remember with the pain and sorrow we suffer in life, particularly for those experience sorrow during the holiday season.
Give Thanks that it is not Some Things but All Things that God Works for the Good. It is important to note that this verse is aabout the activity of God. This is important. It is not the situation that’s good; it is that God works good out of the situation.
Give Thanks that You Love the Lord (because some don’t) Some people despise God (consider Romans 1:18-32). Be thankful that you have a love for God because it brings you into relationship with God. One commentator says “Those that love God make the best of all he does, and take all in good part.” Matthew Henry
Give Thanks that God Called You It is important for us to remember that God calls, God draws us to him. We did nothing special but it that he loved us. And he works things out for those whom he called. Consider the different types of calls God has made on our lives as listed below. Discuss which ones are particularly significant for you.
Give Thanks for God’s Purposes As we often discuss in study and from the pulpit, God calls us according to God’s purposes. Give thanks that he has a divine purpose for you and seek that purpose. Remember that Christ, in his death and resurrection, fulfilled God’s purpose and worked toward the good. Henry says, “Every providence tends to the spiritual good of those that love God; in breaking them off from sin, bringing them nearer to God, weaning them from the world, and fitting them for heaven.” Discuss
The word is not always easy but it is always true. We sometimes wrestle with whether it works to the good; that’s okay, but wrestling doesn’t make it less true. Remember these words from some of our songwriters: “the Lord will make a way somehow” . . . “Jesus will work it out!”