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August 2013

John Carter asks, “DO ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD?”

I don’t think so. With the greatest respect to my beloved King James Version of 400 years ago, I am quite convinced that the venerable translation got it wrong on Romans 8:28 where it says,
 
            “All things work together for good to them that love God…”
 
It is as plain as the nose on your face that “things” do not have a mind of their own. They are inanimate as senseless creatures without an independent capacity to influence our lives.  In the “game” of life, they are merely impartial spectators. So how can lifeless things in and of themselves work together to do anything for your good? They can’t, but God can, as powerfully and poignantly explained in the more recent N.I.V.:
 
“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.”
 
Because God is the Sovereign Lord of all, He constantly works in and through “things” to accomplish His plan and purpose for our lives. That divine goal is for our ultimate good. It is not the things working together, it is God working in and through these things to accomplish His eternal purpose.
 
Before the stars were formed and the earth created, He had you on His mind. He thought of you and dreamed up ways to fashion you for true greatness. His plan for you was that you be saved from sin with all its dreadful consequences, be justified and finally glorified. Paul goes on to say,
 
“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” -- Romans 8:29-31
 
The new news, the best news and the blest news is that He loves us. Every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every month of every year, He is working in all things for our good. We are never victims of blind chance. He is there.

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